We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yeah. Utterly predictable. I wonder, though. The usual procedure is for government to enter a market via regulation, screw it up very well indeed, then swoop in as the only party that can clean up the mess (without admitting if was government intervention that).
Usually, though, there's a lot of lag time between those things so that voters don't exactly remember what government had done before. And usually it isn't something as high profile and common to all as health care.
Here the impact of the O-Care disaster was immediate and the chain of disasters it has caused isn't likely to stop soon. I think it may be a long time before people are going to let government take over their health care entirely.
Of course that ain't going to stop folks at TNR from fantasizing about it. They are reckless and too contemptuous of the public to care what harm they may cause while trying to enforce their vision of the good life on everybody.