It gets tiring after awhile
[2012-12-9 Oh lord. Time to move this to the top again, I guess. --lambert]
Ezra's analysis yesterday was a dispassionate look at the political strategies of both Parties to explain where this argument would logically lead. And the upshot is that the GOP would be smart to get onboard with Obamacare if they want to destroy Medicare because otherwise the crazy liberals will somehow ram through single payer. (Why he thinks that's going to happen, I don't know. The last I heard from all the Very Serious People was that the ACA was the last chance for health care reform for a generation.
Ezra's arguing that if Obamacare works great everyone will want to extend it to Medicare. My feeling is that in this political environment it's far more likely that everyone will just extend Obamacare to Medicare, regardless of whether it works well.
Indeed (March 26). Granted, I wasn't cynical enough to imagine the legacy parties would use [Romney|Obama]Care to destroy Medicare, but then I don't know if anybody was. We more more innocent in 2009.
It gets tiring. Ya know, there were blogs, back in the day, who did everything they knew how to support single payer: Massive postings, commentary, daily updates on single payer news, interviews with single payer organizers and activists, critical analysis of alternative policies, including shredding the studies, and especially the Dartmouth study....
And then there were blogs that ran interference for Obama, that pushed the "savvy" public option scam that Obama had meant to betray from the very beginning, whose owners mocked, censored, and banned single payer advocates, and imposed a news blackout on their cause, even though all agreed single payer was the best policy. Dr. Margaret Flowers got herself arrested in Max Baucus's hearing room because single payer wasn't on the table, and couldn't buy a link from these blogs, let alone a post or an interview.
All I can say is that I know which of the two kinds of blog Corrente was.
And here we are today, about to become even worse off than before. Nobody could have predicted.
NOTE Yeah, yeah. Single payer would have passed if only lambert weren't such an asshole. Feh. Hat tip to Vast Left for the link.