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Carey’s Heart

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a rising GOP leader, makes the case against Obamacare. “I am convinced that Obamacare was designed to lead to a government takeover of our entire health-care system, which is one-sixth of our economy,” he writes.

For Johnson, the debate is more than political. It is also about a little girl born with a serious heart defect:

She wasn’t saved by a bureaucrat, and no government mandate forced her parents to purchase the coverage that saved her. Instead, her care was provided under a run-of-the-mill plan available to every employee of an Oshkosh, Wis., plastics plant.

If you haven’t guessed, this story touches my heart because the girl is my daughter, Carey. And my wife and I are incredibly thankful that we had the freedom to seek out the most advanced surgical technique. The procedure that saved her, and has given her a chance at a full life, was available because America has a free-market system that has advanced medicine at a phenomenal pace.

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Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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