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From the moment the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, many within the left side of the Democratic Party have considered the landmark health law an unsatisfactory surrender to the private insurance industry. 

Many progressives have smarted over the absence of a “public option” in the final bill, which would have allowed people to opt for a government-run insurance plan. Many have also accused the Democratic establishment, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton, of giving up too easily on the public option to appease insurers after promising during their 2008 campaigns to push for such a plan. 

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