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Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg View Columnist Lanhee Chen discusses republican alternatives to Obamacare. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

Is this not just the debate about health care?

Are we not just arguing about the nationalization of the system?

Unfortunately that is where things may be headed for our friends on the left.

The notion is that obamacare is not working and let's talk about going to a single-payer system.

That is the danger here and i think people have to be aware that that is in the debate and is coming soon.

Wax republicans have spent the last two years doing everything they could to undermine obama care and it is still the law of the land.

Are they just going to accept it and make it work tom or is the battle continually going to be -- let's destroy the law?

The first step they tried to take and this would be a reasonable thing would be to say -- let's put the brakes on this, obviously it was not ready for prime time, the law itself -- the one reason they were not is because republicans refused to fund the creation of these websites.

That is not necessarily true from the perspective of the states who had the option to go into the federal exchange and it was the federal government's responsibility to make this work and they did not and you cannot blame it on republican governors and states.

Members of congress, you can blame it on, though, who put up all kinds of roadblocks for implantation.

Again, members of congress did it because they realize the law was unworkable.

Some of the shenanigans around the shutdown were unfortunate, but the basic message remains that it is a flawed law and the effort to get rid of it is one that should continue.

Apparently well.

Thank you for being with us this morning.

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We get a sense of how the holiday shopping season is shaping up on "bloomberg surveillance." streaming on your tablet, phone, and on bloomberg.com.

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