It took me until lunchtime to find one today? Either I’m slipping or the law is starting to work — you make the call!
Comprehensive healthcare reform was a worthy priority for the administration. It was undertaken, however, at a time when the country remained financially and economically unstable—and when people of all outlooks were wary about an ambitious remake of a huge part of the economy. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, or the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, it was formulated and narrowly passed on a one-party basis without public opinion supporting it. If he were to do it over, Obama would no doubt take the Lyndon Johnson/Ted Kennedy approach to healthcare reform and enlist a few Republican leaders and ideas, such as tort reform or selling insurance across state lines.
That mindset does not focus on one-upping Republicans in the next news cycle or gaining an edge for the next election. It focuses on serious governance.
That’s Ted Van Dyk, explaining to readers of The Atlantic how the Democrat Party can “save itself” from its self-inflicted wounds. That’s a heck of an unintended consequence.
As I’ve said on other occasions, the quickest way to discredit progressivism is to put it into practice — but, dear lord, the cleanup.