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    You do a good job explaining that mindset, that fear of government success. Unfortunately, your explanation is marred by a misunderstanding about the politics of Obamacare.

    First of all, you treat the basic structure as something the Republicans actually wanted to see in 1993, as opposed to just something they pretended to support as a tactic to derail Clinton's health care plan. Didn't you notice that the Republicans dropped the plan entirely as soon as it had served that purpose, and never made the slightest effort to adopt it when they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House?

    Second, you assume the compromises in the PPACA were made to win the votes of Republicans; the weren't. They were made to win the votes of conservadems.

    The ACA is the Democratic health care plan - the plan supported by the whole spectrum of Democrats, from Sanders on the left to Baucus and Lieberman on the right. That's why the Republicans never implemented it, but rather, did (and continue to do) everything they can to block it.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 02:29:51 PM PDT

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