Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

System Failure

(Roman Genn)
How Republicans are botching health care

Nothing has been as good for Obamacare’s reputation as the Republican attempts to replace it. Republican health-care legislation has been consistently and extremely unpopular, usually below 20 percent approval. During the time Congress has been considering it, Obamacare has finally gotten majority support. If you’re a supporter of Obamacare, the moral seems clear: As specific alternatives to it have come into view, its advantages have become more evident to Americans and its defects have been put in perspective.

There’s a different way of looking at it. The public has long been extremely wary of proposals by politicians that could disrupt their …

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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Books, Arts & Manners

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The Week

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