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Notice Not Obamacare

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Why the president wants you to look away from the details of his policy

Whenever somebody says that an argument is settled, you can be sure that it is not. If it were settled, there would be no need to say so. No president will hold a press conference to announce that the argument over the prohibition of alcohol is settled, precisely because it truly is settled. So when President Obama declared the debate over his health-care law “settled” and “over,” as he did at an April 17 press conference, his performance was self-refuting.

The president was declaring victory in the Obamacare wars because more than 8 million people have enrolled in an insurance plan through the law’s exchanges — at least using the administration’s loose standard for enrollment. (How many of those enrollees will ever pay their premiums is unknowable.)

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