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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ugh. The things that could have been fixed, in keeping with the GOP’s philosophical approach to health care, are its excessive benefit mandates that drive up the price of coverage and shift costs from Obama-favored groups to the young, healthy and non-poor, who obviously weren’t buying.

Republicans were right to oppose President Obama’s version of the individual mandate, which was not about enforcing personal responsibility but a hidden tax-and-redistribution scheme. But in abandoning what was originally a conservative proposal, they abandoned the only realistic way of reconciling the electorate’s manifest priorities, moving toward a system that is both universal (as Democrats and some Republicans want) and market-based (as Republicans and some Democrats want).

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