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  •  Obamacare is quite dangerous (4+ / 0-)
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    If this brainchild of the Heritage Foundation fails to survive, it will be easier than ever for Washington to laugh off the need for universal health care.

    If it does survive, we might have this to look forward to:

    At some point in the future, the right will introduce a plan to replace Social Security with a system of individual mandates and fines to compel working-age Americans to invest in for-profit Wall Street mutual funds during one’s working years, and to compel them to buy annuities from for-profit money managers at retirement (which with the help of centrist Democrats will be postponed to 70 or beyond).  The genuine progressives will respond with a defense of Social Security.  Whereupon the faux-progressives, the neoliberal heirs of Carter, Clinton and Obama, will reject the option of preserving Social Security — why, that’s crazy left-wing radical talk! — but insist that the subsidies for the poorest of the elderly be slightly increased, as the price for their adoption of the conservative plan to destroy Social Security.  Throughout the process, the right-wing Republicans and neoliberal Democrats will ask, “How can progressives object to means-testing, privatization and 50 state programs, when those are the very features of the Obamacare system that our friends on the left celebrate as a great achievement?”

    http://www.salon.com/...

    "I am confident that we're going to be able to leave the Gulf Coast in better shape than it was before." President Obama

    by quagmiremonkey on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 12:04:08 PM PST

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