hmmm, it'll be interesting to see what happens. If someone
could figure out a better hybrid system, that would be great. Working in
healthcare I've already seen some negative ripples in the water. Such as
the changes to hospital and doctor office reimbursement, including payment for
predetermined length of stays for certain conditions. The system is
imperfect, but I don't know if this plan will make things better.
This is perhaps the best case out there to show just how political and
anti-Obama the Republican party has become. The ACA contains so many
conservative ideas that it is in fact to the right of what both Nixon and Bob
Dole proposed as antidotes to a single-payer system. And since the SC has
decoupled Medicaid expansion from the ACA it is even more conservative.So many of the past conservative stalwarts, including Saint Reagan,
wouldn't have a chance of being elected (or more accurately, surviving a
primary) by the far right party calling itself Republican today.