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What Really Happened in 1994

When seeking reelection, the more conservative Democrats usually fare far worse than other Democrats, for the simple reason that they generally run against legitimate Republican opposition in states or districts that can, and do, swing either way. In stark contrast, over the last 20 years, the most liberal third of ...
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Obamacare’s Winners and Losers

So, let’s tally the results: Winners: the federal government (more control) and health insurers (more government-mandated business, in exchange for losing most of their autonomy and ceasing to be private businesses in any meaningful sense), the minority of low-to-middle income Americans who don’t have employer-provided insurance and would henceforth receive ...
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The Real Lessons of 1994

Voters punished Democrats for Hillarycare. They’ll do the same for Obamacare. Democratic senators and congressmen have been trying to convince each other, particularly their more conservative colleagues, that they’ll all be better off in the 2010 elections–and will avoid a repeat of their 1994 debacle–if they pass Obama-care. Bill Clinton, ...
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Not Dead Yet

‘Expanding Medicare is an unvarnished, complete victory for people like me,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the mother of all public options. We’ve taken something people know and expanded it. . . . Never mind the camel’s nose, we’ve got his head and neck under ...
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Three Strikes against Obamacare

The public option isn’t the worst thing about the Senate health-care bill. Joseph Lieberman’s words, “I’m going to be stubborn on this,” must be giving Harry Reid heartburn. Lieberman may caucus with the Democrats, but he’s more than willing to go his own way — especially when it comes to ...
Climate Change

The Big Cutoff

Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2009 Global warmist to reporter: Save the mirth! The latest global-warmist email is revealed not by the East Anglia whistle-blower but by Steven Hayward (who by the way has a fine overview of the climate-science scandal in The Weekly Standard). The email’s author, Michael Schlesinger, ...
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Obamacare Makes Hillarycare Look Pithy

It takes a lot of audacity to propose a bill that could be shortened by a third and yet still be longer than the Clinton administration’s failed effort. Only Obamacare could make Hillarycare seem pithy. 12/07 11:53 AM This blog post originally appeared on National Review’s Critical Condition.
Climate Change

The Gate Crash of 2009

The Gate Crash of 2009 The city of Washington has been collectively aghast at the spectacle of Michaela and Tareq Salahi, the fun couple from Virginia wine country who seem to have talked their way into the first state dinner of the Obama administration. Of course, the White House is ...
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Obamacare’s Ugly Math

The Senate’s $2.5 trillion bill will create higher taxes and higher premiums with little return. The scoring is in on the health-care bills, and it’s hard to see what the Democrats’ proposed health-care overhaul would achieve apart from centralizing and consolidating power in Washington. During the campaign, then-Senator Obama said, ...
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The $100,000 Obamacare Policy

However, all is not lost. The Democrats’ version of “reform” might at least reduce the number of uninsured. But to what degree, and at what cost? According to the Census, there are 28 million uninsured Americans (46 million, minus 9 million non-citizens, minus 9 million Medicaid beneficiaries whom the Census ...
Commentary

What Really Happened in 1994

When seeking reelection, the more conservative Democrats usually fare far worse than other Democrats, for the simple reason that they generally run against legitimate Republican opposition in states or districts that can, and do, swing either way. In stark contrast, over the last 20 years, the most liberal third of ...
Commentary

Obamacare’s Winners and Losers

So, let’s tally the results: Winners: the federal government (more control) and health insurers (more government-mandated business, in exchange for losing most of their autonomy and ceasing to be private businesses in any meaningful sense), the minority of low-to-middle income Americans who don’t have employer-provided insurance and would henceforth receive ...
Commentary

The Real Lessons of 1994

Voters punished Democrats for Hillarycare. They’ll do the same for Obamacare. Democratic senators and congressmen have been trying to convince each other, particularly their more conservative colleagues, that they’ll all be better off in the 2010 elections–and will avoid a repeat of their 1994 debacle–if they pass Obama-care. Bill Clinton, ...
Commentary

Not Dead Yet

‘Expanding Medicare is an unvarnished, complete victory for people like me,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s the mother of all public options. We’ve taken something people know and expanded it. . . . Never mind the camel’s nose, we’ve got his head and neck under ...
Commentary

Three Strikes against Obamacare

The public option isn’t the worst thing about the Senate health-care bill. Joseph Lieberman’s words, “I’m going to be stubborn on this,” must be giving Harry Reid heartburn. Lieberman may caucus with the Democrats, but he’s more than willing to go his own way — especially when it comes to ...
Climate Change

The Big Cutoff

Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2009 Global warmist to reporter: Save the mirth! The latest global-warmist email is revealed not by the East Anglia whistle-blower but by Steven Hayward (who by the way has a fine overview of the climate-science scandal in The Weekly Standard). The email’s author, Michael Schlesinger, ...
Commentary

Obamacare Makes Hillarycare Look Pithy

It takes a lot of audacity to propose a bill that could be shortened by a third and yet still be longer than the Clinton administration’s failed effort. Only Obamacare could make Hillarycare seem pithy. 12/07 11:53 AM This blog post originally appeared on National Review’s Critical Condition.
Climate Change

The Gate Crash of 2009

The Gate Crash of 2009 The city of Washington has been collectively aghast at the spectacle of Michaela and Tareq Salahi, the fun couple from Virginia wine country who seem to have talked their way into the first state dinner of the Obama administration. Of course, the White House is ...
Commentary

Obamacare’s Ugly Math

The Senate’s $2.5 trillion bill will create higher taxes and higher premiums with little return. The scoring is in on the health-care bills, and it’s hard to see what the Democrats’ proposed health-care overhaul would achieve apart from centralizing and consolidating power in Washington. During the campaign, then-Senator Obama said, ...
Commentary

The $100,000 Obamacare Policy

However, all is not lost. The Democrats’ version of “reform” might at least reduce the number of uninsured. But to what degree, and at what cost? According to the Census, there are 28 million uninsured Americans (46 million, minus 9 million non-citizens, minus 9 million Medicaid beneficiaries whom the Census ...
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