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  •  Its the Affordable Care Act (5+ / 0-)

    and yes, it will need continued improvement to accomplish its goal. But it will survive, there's no turning back.

    The US waited until its health care system was on the verge of complete collapse before taking action on health care reform.  That's an acknowledgement of the vast sums of private money spent to keep HCR at bay.

    So, there's no going back without risking the complete collapse of the health care system.  Hospitals and clinics realize they can't survive on wealthy, insured clients alone.  As much as some of them wanted that, its not feasible.

    So, yeah, the health care industry has had a wake-up call.  They're not going to get rid of ACA because they've finally realized it was necessary to keep all of their boats afloat.  They're not yet ready to embrace single payer, but that resistance will fall too as they see how ACA is working.

    The biggest enemies are conservative politicians (of both parties) and corporate profiteers.  Citizens United and the infusion of corporate cash into government represent the biggest threats to making progress with ACA.  That just has to be fixed, whether or not we want to take it on.

    As ACA continues its roll out, states will accept the same realities as the health care industry - it has to be done.  Failure will teach some and the lesson will be painful for the uninsured in these states, but hopefully the states will come around quickly and accept Medicaid expansions and real insurance reforms.

    "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being in DC."

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:14:48 AM PDT

    •  ETA - The insurance industry is still dangerous (5+ / 0-)

      This iteration of ACA empowered the private insurance industry w/o putting adequate protections in place.  They represent the biggest threat by far to the evolution of HCR.  

      The industry has so many other corporate allies (banking and financial sector, large employers, etc.) they still wield tremendous power over greedy politicians and the news media.

      "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being in DC."

      by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 09:42:58 AM PDT

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