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“The health­care over­haul was the sig­na­ture achieve­ment of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and the then-ma­jor­ity Demo­cratic Congress in 2010. But you’d never know. Sup­port­ers ap­peared to be run­ning away from the law dur­ing the 2010 cam­paign—and noth­ing since has changed that im­pres­sion. The real kicker was (the re­cent) elec­tion in Ohio. … Vot­ers over­whelm­ingly re­jected Repub­li­can Gov. John Ka­sich’s anti-col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing law. But the same vot­ers over­whelm­ingly passed ... a tea-party backed con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment re­ject­ing the Af­ford­able Care Act’s “in­di­vid­ual man­date.” Health re­form sup­port­ers de­clined even to con­test the amend­ment and dis­missed the re­sult, say­ing it was ‘sym­bolic’ or ‘mean­ing­less’ be­cause fed­eral law trumps state law. ... In a key bat­tle­ground state, re­form­ers did not lift a finger to de­fend a key part of the health re­form law. In­cred­i­ble. … Why can’t sup­port­ers stand up and make the ob­vi­ous moral ar­gu­ment for the in­di­vid­ual man­date—that some­thing is ba­si­cally wrong with an in­di­vid­ual say­ing, ‘I should not be obliged to buy health in­sur­ance but you are obliged to treat me if I get sick or in­jured and to pay for it.’ “

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