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by generic on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 04:39:31 AM EST
the DNC Democrats still represent a mainly centre right sentiment within the party.

The constituency of opinion that they represent is still opposed to single payer, even if the wider democratic party electorate is enthused by it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 09:28:32 AM EST
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And that's why Mr Obama gave away the farm to private-sector insurance companies THEN compelled everyone to buy their insurance policies OR ELSE.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 09:29:31 PM EST
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although, to be fair to Obama, he had a hard enough problem getting Romney-care through the two houses. Single payer would have been impossible.

I always felt that Romney-care was the trojan horse that would demonstrate the advantage of moving to single payer rhather than being an end point in itself.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 07:02:18 AM EST
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You have been misinformed.

Mr Obama had no difficulty. To circumvent the "Medicare-for-all" bill passed by the House (which was NOT HR 676, "single payer") Harry Reid in the US Senate chamber read the PPACA, as drafted by lobbyists, provision by provision as amendments* to a highway appropriation bill that had pass the House and was waiting ratification by the Senate chamber. I have posted here an image of amendments en bloc read into the Congressional Record (@thomas.loc) that day. The Senate passed the appropriations bill as amended and Mr Obama signed it into law, March 2010. Even ProPublica --in its better days -- ran a series of articles explaining the novel employment of House Rules to circumvent required conference committee reading and reconciliation before referring any bill for POTUS signature. Subsequently the odious spent the next 18 months or so between chambers correcting (emending) operating limits and appropriations "details" and political defects in the Act discovered by opponents and "concerned citizens"; litigation also ensued.

Faux Accompli

The question whether HR 676 --"single payer" which had/has double digit co-sponsors in the House-- was "impossible" to enact is irrelevant to the facts. A false dichotomy. Obama and Democratic Party "leaders" (1) never endorsed the concept and (2) sabotaged the Medicare-for-all bills (sponsored by Dingle or Kennedy) before and during Obama's tour of MAGA.

*another most recent demonstration of devious legislating with Republican Party co-operation.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 12:59:55 PM EST
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Rmoney-care (typo intentional) was what the insurance companies wanted, and Obama and the DNC delivered it for them.  Single-payer never even made it to the table.  Yet another example of Obama not even making the Rethuglicans say "No".
by rifek on Tue Jun 19th, 2018 at 01:29:39 AM EST
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