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...and more shadow private markets with up-front pricing and no government involvement.

Right. Because there are no shadow private markets NOW.

I really don't have a problem with the idea of such off-the-books providers that provide specialized services with the connections and financial means to access them. You're not going to make these go away, so we're better off just making sure that no American citizen suffers for lack of access to the most basic of services.

Obama through his ineptitude may have done us all a favor after all.

The ACA is lacking in many ways, but it seems to have cured Tea Party governors of their fear of socialized medicine. Now, they're opting-in on letting the feds have their way with the state exchanges - and thereby greasing the skids towards the inevitable availability of AT LEAST a national public option for health insurance.

You're right that Obama did us a favor with the ACA. But not without the help of a lot of Republicans (especially those shortsighted Republican Governors). The Democrats in congress were kind of involved in getting it passed as well. This wasn't a one-man show and I think it's unfair to give Obama all the credit.
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