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Proud Liberal Dem

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Name: Mara
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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My question

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 09:35 AM (1 replies)

The ACA was/is not perfect by any means

but consider the alternative (i.e. if it ultimately failed to pass). How many people are able to afford insurance that weren't able to before? How many people are insured now as opposed to before? And nobody is saying that this is the ideal endpoint but, um, nobody has been able to do anything more about it since the House went solidly Tea Party Republican in the 2010 election and then the Senate was conquered in 2014. We were actually pretty damned lucky that we got all that we got with the ACA. I cannot imagine SP standing a chance. Obama and other Democrats probably knew that right from the start, so why would they waste time that they couldn't afford to waste with a clearly losing proposition? In this country, it seems like progress is made incrementally and in "fits and starts". Almost nothing happens virtually wholesale without massive progressive majorities in Congress that pretty much haven't been seen since the mid-late 1960's at least. Single Payer *should* be a no-brainer and I think almost everybody here agrees it would be MUCH better than what we have now but if they can't get it enacted in Vermont (of all places) in 2015, just imagine how DOA it would have been in Congress in 2009-2010. I agree with your concerns and support for SP. It's just that progress happens frustratingly slow in this country. We need to get a solid progressive majority in Congress along with a progressive-minded President to get things like this done, which will take some time. I'm all in favor of doing what we can to make that happen- so that all of our lives will be better!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 12:13 AM (0 replies)
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