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  •  I'd except the Medicaid expansion. (1+ / 0-)
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    But otherwise, pure conservative.

    •  Right, but if one accepts the premise (1+ / 0-)
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      of near-universal coverage (which conservatives used to give lip service to), then I'll bet there's absolutely no overall strategy that could be more conservative than the ACA. I.e., Medicaid is an existing institution; expanding it was the part of the package that covered the poor. The subsidies were necessary if there was to be a mandate. And the mandate was necessary if the marketplace was to thrive. The whole system is predicated on a thriving marketplace.

    •  This is a great foot in the door ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... and I would also include the 3.8% tax on certain capital gains. (That is certainly not a Tea Party "pure conservative" value.) Of course, there's the pre-existing condition thing. Did the original conservative proposal include that? I don't know, but I'm inclined to believe otherwise unless I hear differently. The end of lifetime limits too, as well as the removal of junk insurance from the market. In fact, the fact that an insurance company can't arbitrarily cancel a policy seems less than a conservative value. As much as the Tea Party GOP hates kids who are hungry or sick, I'm pretty sure they dislike the provision allowing for children to stay on the policy until they turn 26.

      Not perfect. Best start possible. Congrats on your peace of mind, Petey2! Sucks about the light rail in Austin. You make a very solid point about it and ObamaCare, though, and certainly something to think about. You can bet that Republican under-funding works to tarnish any larger Government project. Good diary!  

      Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting. On biblical prophesy: If you play the bible backwards, it says, "Paul is dead."

      by Tortmaster on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 10:53:23 AM PST

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      •  All great points (1+ / 0-)
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        And, you're right, "conservative" has become synonymous with Tea Party lately (so values such as universal coverage have been tossed aside in favor of Ayn Rand). Who knows, maybe this GOP civil war will eventually get us back to more honest debates between actual conservative and progressive strategies, and actual compromises. On the other hand, liberals having to defend watered-down, barely funded compromises is not a brand new phenomenon!

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