You mean the FDR that backed down on including healthcare in the Social Security package? Who utterly and completely caved after advocating for it in the face of healthcare industry—remember, he negotiated provisions of the bill with insurers specifically—opposition? The one that asked Perkins in 1934 to design a national program then ditched it in favor of minuscule grants-in-aid to states? That FDR?
Look, I absolutely 100% agree with you on the broader point, that there is too much corporate and wealthy private interest intrusion in the political sphere. I 100% agree that the ACA was not as good as it could have been, that it has real problems (not all having to do with the law itself, but its opposition), and a national system is preferable. I’ve detailed some of the problems here with the law myself. I also think we need more anti-trust enforcement, a lower age limit on Social Security, paid family leave, more infrastructure investment, and stronger progressive taxation too. And I also think the deregulatory craze of the 80s and 90s has not served the country well, but I also know under Obama significant re-regulation happened, which I personally don’t think the Left gives him enough credit for.
Last, I also agree with you that some Democrats, typically reflecting conservative constituencies, have been a barrier to more progressive legislation. As I’ve pointed out, such was the case in FDR’s time too, especially after 1938. I vociferously oppose the Senate’s bank bill and the idiotic show-everyone-we-can-be-bipartisan excuse for its passage. Utter crap, all the way. I would like to see them all primaried, just like what is happening to Cuomo in New York.