To Canadian eyes, America’s ideological war over health policy — which came to a climax in today’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court victory for Obamacare — can appear bizarre. Aside from the United States, every OECD country on earth already has a universal health care system. Why do Americans have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a policy choice that the rest of the civilized world decided long ago was a cornerstone of a humane society?
For me, a clue came earlier this year, when I was in New Hampshire covering the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
The most interesting part of that campaign was the town halls, in which candidates were forced to depart from their prepared scripts, and answer questions from ordinary citizens. Many of the questions were about medical issues — and often they were very specific. I remember one Ron Paul event at which a…
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