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Hassett on Health Care

Kevin Hassett writes, “For any moderate and sensible individual, the key problem with Obama’s approach is that it calls for a public insurance plan, run by the government, that will compete with private plans.” After explaining why he objects to a public insurance plan, he concludes, “So the key question is: Will there be a public insurance plan that can undercut private firms? If so, the U.S. as we know it will change.” Maybe this means I’m not moderate and sensible — I’ve been called worse — but I disagree. Even if the Democrats dropped the public option I would still oppose their approach. (I agree, however, with Hassett’s larger point in his column, which is that conservatives should not see the Blue Dogs as allies in this dispute.)

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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