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September 06, 2016

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Many of the strongest advocates for the ACA are liberals who were never that ideologically invested in the exchanges (the most troubled part of the new system) in the first place; in fact, many of them advocated a public option that now seems more important than ever. The most successful parts of the law are the regulatory changes and the Medicaid expansion, which was hobbled by the Supreme Court and Republican state governments, but is working great where it can. These were always the bits that liberals were most comfortable with.

The fight on the left was always over whether it was worth torpedoing the whole thing in hopes of a single-payer system magically materializing through heightening of contradictions. (Some of the lefty Kill The Bill advocates never really got this, as evidenced by their crowing about vindication now.)

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