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Four years ago, a proposal like the one Bush is making might have been the opening bid on a workable compromise — one that could have helped make medical care more affordable for a modest, but significant, group of people. But the conversation about health care reform has moved way past that point already. Even conservative industry groups like the Business Roundtable and America’s Health Insurance Plans have put their imprimatur on far more sweeping initiatives. Meanwhile, a Republican governor (Schwarzenegger) is proposing truly universal coverage for his state while a former Republican governor (Mitt Romney) has already enacted it for his. Forget the talk about Bush’s bipartisanship; at least on health care, he can’t even keep up with his own party.br> Cohn is probably correct. The President’s proposal is a few years too late and pales in comparison to grander schemes being pushed elsewhere.
Unfortunately, politicians in Massachusetts and California are ignoring recent history. Other states that, in recent years, enacted more modest programs aimed at covering the uninsured have either crashed and burned (Tennessee) or are in the process of doing so (Maine). Massachusetts and California (if it passes Arnold Care) will eventually suffer a similar fate. When they do, reformers may finally look for more market-oriented approaches.
President Bush’s plan will be a good place to start.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?