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Repeal: It’s Happened Before

By on 3.30.10 | 2:10PM

In the Daily Caller today, I have an op-ed remembering the brief life of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988. It was passed with far more bipartisan support than the health care bill that just became law; it was signed by a Republican president (Ronald Reagan -- even Homer nods). In a year and a half, the legislation was repealed.

I'm under no illusions that repealing Obamacare will be easy or that it is analogous to the ill-fated Medicare expansion in every way. But when the focus is on angry voters paying costs rather than constituents collecting benefits, entitlements can be repealed. It has happened before.

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