The Corner

Kesler on Obamacare

Be sure to read Charles Kesler’s essay in the Claremont Review of Books:

[Obama is] wagering that the American people never met an entitlement they didn’t like eventually, whether out of sentiment, self-interest, or simply habit. The more one ponders Obamacare’s electoral, policy, and longer political implications, the more it stands out as the centerpiece of his whole political enterprise. Stop it—repeal it, we must now say—and you have a good chance of stopping the transformation he seeks. Fail, or worse, don’t even try, and you permit what can be called, without exaggeration, gradual regime change at home. For the health care question involves, in its longest reach, nothing less than the form of government and the habits and character of the American people.

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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