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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Red State Blues

There were a lot of mistakes made in the creation of ACA.  But it appears that the biggest was assuming that governors of Red states would embrace the economic self-interest of making Obamacare work.  The assumption was that they would take advantage of the generous Medicaid expansion and the ability to tailor their exchanges to their state needs.

Instead, what happened was ideological opposition based on visceral hatred of both Obama and the idea of the government providing services for (mostly) poor people.

The only proper response to this is to win supermajorities in Congress, win the White House and introduce a universal, tax subsidized public option that can slowly squeeze private insurers out of the market completely.

That would  be hilarious.

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