Prescient Health Care Reform Cynics?

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I was struck by the irony last week of President Obama's remark below which he uttered during one of his pre-HCR passage rallies:

When the cynics warned that Medicare would lead to a government takeover of our entire health care system, and it didn't have much support in the polls, Democrats and Republicans refused to back down, and made sure that all of us could enter our golden years with some basic peace of mind.

The clear-eyed and honest leftists over at The Nation know that the adoption of Obama's version of health care reform is just the next step in an ongoing process:

Ultimately, our message must be that genuine reform begins, and only begins, with passage of the current legislation. It ends with achievement of the goal that should be our new battle cry: Medicare for All.

Mr. President, it turns out that the "cynics" were right all along.