Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Chronic Condition

(Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters)
Stasis in the health-care debate

Health care played a peculiarly prominent role in the 2018 midterm elections: peculiar because the significance of its prominence, which is hard to parse, has tended to mislead both Democrats and Republicans.

On the face of it, Democrats ran and won on health care while Republicans ran away from it. In race after race, the Democratic candidate attacked the Republican as a threat to Americans with preexisting health conditions while the Republican tried to change the subject. The strategy seems generally to have worked for the Democrats, and they now feel vindicated. Liberal commentators have been claiming that the election shows

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Books, Arts & Manners


Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.




One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.


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