During the primary season, I was aggravated with the news media (in particular - MSNBC) for focusing almost exclusively on the Republican Clown Car (mainly tRump), and barely covering the Democratic primary. At this point, it's all tRump -vs- Hillary, with negative news about both dominating the news cycles on all the networks (cue Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry").
I have found that we here at FourFreedomsBlog are perhaps guilty of the same thing. So in an attempt to break the cycle of abuse, I am going to veer off on a tangent today - the ACA (aka: Obamacare).
Nearly three years ago, Raine wrote an excellent piece
on path dependency
. The term describes how we arrive at certain situations due to limited options produced by previous decisions. Think about our dependence on gasoline: we used to travel mainly by train. However, once the highway system was built, gas-powered automobiles became preferred, and the train system disappeared, making it no longer an option. The financial power of the petrol industry grew, allowing it to pressure automobile companies to produce only gasoline vehicles. Entire industries and infrastructures grew out of that dependence, making it that much more difficult to choose a different path.