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International NYT: A conservative case for Obamacare
International Herald Tribune
The Conservative Case for Obamacare
J. D. KLEINKE
IF Mitt Romney’s pivots on President’s Obama’s health care reform act
have accelerated to a blur — from repealing on Day 1, to preserving
this or that piece, to punting the decision to the states — it is for an
odd reason buried beneath two and a half years of Republican political
condemnations: the architecture of the Affordable Care Act is based on
conservative, not liberal, ideas about individual responsibility and the
power of market forces.
This fundamental ideological paradox, drowned out by partisan shouting
since before the plan’s passage in 2010, explains why Obamacare has only
lukewarm support from many liberals, who wanted a real, not imagined,
“government takeover of health care.” It explains why Republicans have
been unable since its passage to come up with anything better. And it
explains why the law is nearly identical in design to the legislation Mr. Romney passed in Massachusetts while governor.