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“Last month’s en­act­ment of health re­form ... has led quite rightly to co­pi­ous com­men­tary pro­claim­ing that this is not the end of the ... process but the beginning. Most com­men­ta­tors seem to think the rest of the process in­volves con­vinc­ing the Amer­i­can pub­lic that Congress’ medicine is good for them. I per­son­ally doubt that’s the case; I’m con­fi­dent that most peo­ple rec­og­nize in­stinc­tively that a law that places real lim­its on the health in­sur­ance in­dus­try’s abil­ity to play them for suck­ers is worth hav­ing.”

—Michael Hiltzik in the Los An­ge­les Times “The pub­lic agenda grav­i­tates to­ward is­sues framed as moral mat­ters. Global warm­ing is about ‘sav­ing the planet.’ Abor­tion and gay mar­riage evoke deep val­ues. ... Cer­tainly, Pres­i­dent Obama pitched his health­care plan as a moral is­sue. It em­bod­ies ‘the core prin­ci­ple that ev­ery­body should have some ba­sic se­cu­rity when it comes to their health­care.’ … Health­care is a ‘right’; op­po­nents are, by ex­ten­sion, less moral. Purg­ing moral ques­tions from pol­i­tics is both im­pos­si­ble and un­de­sir­able. But to­day’s ten­dency to turn ev­ery con­tentious is­sue into a moral con­fronta­tion is di­vi­sive.”

—Robert J. Samuelson in the Port­land Ore­go­nian

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