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Good points. I'm at a conference and will try to come back to this later with some ideas/thoughts on the matter.
For me the reason the ACA is bad is because of how it was born. A procedural and philosophical problem which unsurprisingly produced bad law. Those things you say about it are true, but how did we get to that point?
Republicans were offering nothing to help with healthcare problems, so Democrats were given a huge mandate to go to Washington and show that government could be trusted to help them with that.
Then the first drafts of the ACA immediately violated Obama's campaign promises. So at that point Democrats were obligated by their own mandate and principles to go out and explain clearly what they were doing -- explain to people like me what the public option was and why it was so vital and what the consequences would be for not having it. They didn't do that.
They took a paternal attitude -- you'll like it once you see what is in it -- you'll like it once you understand what we are doing -- we know you're anxious and we promise to deal with your sources of anxiety after we get this thing passed.
The more they went down that path, the more they disengaged from the public and gave power to the insurance companies, and the worse the law became.
They ended up with a law which was so fragile that it desperately needed a Democrat majority to stay around to keep it from falling apart at the seams, yet the process that they went about in creating this fragile law was so non-trust-inspiring that they lost the Democratic majority that they needed.
So for me, that's how we got here. A huge opportunity for Democrats to show the public that government could be trusted. A huge opportunity to do good health reform, not to mention immigration reform and investing in infrastructure. Republicans left Democrats such a huge opening to show that they believed in government of the people, by the people, for the people. And Democrats blew it by not trusting their own principles and not trusting the people to get on board and help if Democrats had good law and made a case for it.
I remind the reader, Hillary tried this on once before. In the first days of her husband's term she held secret metings with her "friends" to plot how best to rearrange wealth in this country and call it "health care reform". Obamacare is indistinguishable from Hillarycare. And Hillary already knows how she wants to screw the American public on health care next.
Obamacare is Hillarycare 2.0 | The Daily Caller
I'm not attributing ill will to Hillary. Or to Obama. I totally believe they meant well.
I'm just saying that if even the people who supposedly believe the most in Democratic/democratic principles don't put their actions where their words were, then that doesn't speak well for those principles. And it stopped them from doing something really good.
I am a liberal. The reason I was a Republican all those years is because of cultural tradition and a lack of trust for government. Government can mean well, but unintended consequences abound. Bureaucracy has personally injured me. And I grew to prefer gridlock. So I need to have really good reason before I respond positively to a government official who says, "Trust me."
Democrats had a HUMONGOUS chance to make the case for liberal policies and more centralized governmental control of resources beyond the national defense, and they messed. up. so. badly.
Last edited by Amelia; 18th January 2016 at 10:44 AM.