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“If You Couldn’t Solve Every Problem, You Shouldn’t Have Tried to Solve Any Problem,” An Idiotic Way of Evaluating Legislation

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I’m afraid Barack Obama stole Matt Stoller’s car keys again:

This is all ludicrous:

  • The many people who put their bodies on the line to save the ACA were not, in fact, victims of false consciousness. Arguably the most ambitious downward distribution of wealth ever enacted by the United States Congress, the statute has saved many lives and saved many others from suffering and financial ruin.  And the positive effects would have been even greater had the legislation not been ineptly re-written by a right-wing Supreme Court.
  • Seeing someone still writing about the ACA in 2018 as if the Medicaid expansion wasn’t part of the ACA at all is like seeing someone still arguing that Donald Trump is uniformly opposed by America’s elites.
  • The idea that insurance “meant more” before the ACA, when insurers could deny you coverage for any reason, were not subject to medical loss ratios, faced much less stringent essential coverage requirements, etc. etc. would be comically ignorant if the subject matter weren’t so important. Stoller is writing about something to a large audience having no idea whatsoever what he’s talking about.
  • It is indeed true that the ACA did not solve every problem associated with the America’s extremely expensive and highly inequitable health care system. This is also true of every major expansion of the welfare state ever passed by Congress. The idea that we shouldn’t try to solve any problems until we can solve every problem in a high-veto-point system is transparently wrong. The ACA is no more the desired endpoint of health care reform than the original Social Security and Medicaid were, but that doesn’t mean that their accomplishments should be trivialized.
  • If only Barack Obama had, say, had national right-to-work legislation passed over his veto, then he would have been a truly great president!
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