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  •  that was my point (0+ / 0-)

    all it would take is a GOP election somewhere down the road, and they would stick in a Brownie type to run the PO into the ground, and then trumpet it as an example of how  the government can't do anytying.

    they ideas, all of  them, work so long as they are sheltered from this kind of politics. Medicare works (for now)because its enemies have not found a politically safe way to destroy it. so they are trying to starve it.

    •  I see that (0+ / 0-)

      I'm trying to understand how someone could be cynical about this legislation, but still be supportive of a public option.  

      That's not saying that I am against a public option, that's me trying to square some opinions that appear to contain conflicts.  

      People don't get up in the morning and ask, Do I want single-payer or managed competition? Wellstone

      by otto on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 07:10:05 AM PST

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      •  I think it is based on the assumption (0+ / 0-)

        that it would be politically unpalatable to mess with the public option in the same way it is a third rail to mess with Medicare.

        One off regulation doesn't appear to have the same public impact if changes are made (EPA, SEC).  

        At least I believe that is the thought...

        "Just today, Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." Sen. Barack Obama

        by justmy2 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 07:39:40 AM PST

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