When you look back at what’s been achieved in President Obama’s first term, there’s a lot to take for granted.
We had a stimulus that stopped the layoff crisis and rapidly transformed the green energy industry across America. But many complain that it wasn’t big enough. We had health care reform that delivered the closest we’ve gotten to universal health care, a goal of progressives for a century. But many complain that it wasn’t a single payer, “Medicare for all” system.
Democrats passed student loan reform that took banks out of the financial aid business and used their share to finance millions more in new loans. We also had credit card reform, financial reform, Lilly Ledbetter, two new Supreme Court justices, a new treaty with Russia that shrinks our nuclear arsenal, and an end to both the war in Iraq and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We had an administration that stopped defending the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act and a president who supports same-sex marriage.
Though none of these victories are perfect, the sheer number of progressive achievements in the last three and half years are numerous and inspiring. And nearly all of them are at stake in this election.
Here are the 6 groups that have the most to lose if President Obama isn’t re-elected.
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