Theda Skocpol describes the positive changes progressives achieved with Obama’s health care bill despite the lack of a public option:
What progressive movements achieved instead was political space—to open the door for House liberals to drive better bargains at the end with the Senate and the White House. The Affordable Care legislation that finally passed in 2010 was, as David Leonhardt of the New York Times has explained, a major counteraction to the rising inequality of recent decades. The right wing is freaked out about this healthcare reform for good reason: it sets the nation on a more democratically inclusive path and uses government regulations and revenues—real money raised from levies on the well-to-do—to help the less privileged.
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