Learning the Real Lesson of Obamacare

Economist Paul Krugman in 2012 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
The Affordable Care Act is a clumsy, clunky, ill-begotten legislative program.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘S abotage,” Paul Krugman calls it. Funny word, that.

Perhaps Professor Krugman, like so many progressives at the moment, has Russia on the brain.

In the penal code of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, that crime — вредительство, “causing damage” — was sometimes referred to as “wrecking,” “diversion,” or “counter-revolutionary sabotage.” The secret police were always on the hunt for the “Trotskyite wreckers” who were, apparently, hiding under every bushel of rotted beets. They were sent to the gulag or shot in the head. Some of the early Bolsheviks had wanted to abolish capital punishment, considering it emblematic of czarist high-handedness. “Nonsense,”


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