Will Health-Care Federalism Ever Have a Chance?

Democratic Representative Ro Khanna holds a news conference in Lisbon, Portugal, November 6, 2019. (Pedro Nunes/Reuters)
A Democrat proposes a mirror image of conservative health-care thinking.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R epresentative Ro Khanna just introduced a bill whose premise conveys a sense of déjà vu. It would allow states to take the health-care money they already receive from numerous federal programs and use it to provide health care in the way they think best, rather than the way Washington prescribes.

It’s funny, because Khanna is a Democrat who openly admits he has no chance of passing his bill under a Republican president, and the last time we encountered this notion, it was in a Republican bill with zero Democratic support. Both sides want to give freedom to the states, but they


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