Originally Posted by badhatharry
Bill, how did the left not treat the passage of the Affordable Care Act as a victory? I thought it was a big fucking deal.
I think there is still a lot of criticism from the left that there is no public option and that the bill amounts to a giveaway to the insurance lobby and drug lobby. It is not my view, and it is not a universal view on the left. But the divide in the liberal/progressive community was enough that passage was not followed by a big momentum-boosting victory lap.
I think that is even more true with the Wall St. reform law, where much of the left was upset with the lack of caps on the size on banks.
Though to put in all in perspective, in 1934 when FDR signed into law a compromise version of the National Labor Relations Board, one liberal senator angrily decried it by saying "The New Deal is being strangled in the house of its friends."
As they say in Battlestar Galactica: "All of this has happened before"