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Response to SusanCalvin (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 15, 2015, 10:16 AM

58. I agree that went poorly

There is plenty of blame to spread to spread around on the lack of single payer or a public option with regards to the ACA.

President Obama should probably have negotiated a bit more aggressively, but he had a group of blue dogs that were squatting on the the finance committee that wouldn't let that even be considered for a vote. Max Bacchus deserves a lot more blame than anyone for screwing us out of at least having a public option.

President Obama also had the worst Chief of staff to serve a democratic president in my memory. Rahm Emmanuel did him no favors, was intensely abrasive, and tended to alienate progressives as just a matter of habit. I know why he had to do it, I just wish he had found other places to put conservative democrats where they would do less harm.

I have to cut the president even more a break because in trying to find compromise he thought he was doing the right thing. I knew they had no interest in any compromise ever with the president but again his advisors were not helpful.

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