Magazine July 20, 2009, Issue

Obama’s Health-Care Gamble

Former President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the health care system at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago, Ill., June 15, 2009. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The stakes for the president are high

All of a sudden, Obamacare doesn’t look quite as inevitable as Washington thought it was in the spring. The early cost estimates are frightening some Democrats, as are the ideas being thrown about for how to pay for the cost. The health-care industry isn’t staying united behind the Democrats. The party’s schedule for producing legislation is starting to slip, and Republicans are starting to get their act together.

A June CBS/New York Times poll, criticized by Republicans for including too many Democrats, nonetheless found that only 44 percent of the public approves of the job that President Obama is doing on …

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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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