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“As I re­call, the great de­bate was be­tween this de­vice and the govern­ment op­tion. And the govern­ment op­tion was de­scribed as be­ing akin to so­cial­ism, and there was a point to that. But what’s strik­ing is that no­body in the world could’ve ar­gued that the govern­ment op­tion or sin­gle-payer could’ve been un­con­sti­tu­tional. It could’ve been de­plorable. It could’ve been re­gret­table. It could’ve been East­ern rather than Western Euro­pean. But it would’ve been con­sti­tu­tional.” —Charles Fried, Ron­ald Rea­gan’s for­mer so­lic­i­tor gen­eral, tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee about the in­di­vid­ual man­date in the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able

Care Act, in the Washington Post.

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