November 8, 2010

...AND EASE UP ON THE WHIPPETS:

Hold the Balloons (Yuval Levin, Nov 6, 2010, Weekly Standard)

The day after the election, Cantor released a document directed to Republican members and members-in-waiting that laid out his view of how the new Congress should operate. He highlighted the need to deal with entitlements, while acknowledging that so far Republicans have not been specific enough. He made repealing Obamacare—piece by piece if a wholesale repeal doesn’t work—the Republicans’ top priority.

One of the things the election demonstrated--though folks will resist the idea--is how similar our politics is to the rest of the Anglosphere's, here at the End of History. And the fact of the matter is that citizens of liberal democracies uniformly consider health care to be an entitlement. So when Mr. Cantor calls for both entitlement reform and the repeal of Obamacare in its entirety he's either being unserious or disingenuous. The GOP might well prefer to call mandatory private insurance something else as it reforms the basic idea, but the choice is only between that centerpiece of Obamacare or National Health, and we know which the Party prefers.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2010 5:26 AM
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