David Frum knows who is to blame for what appears to be an Obamacare victory: Conservatives who refused to negotiate with Democrats even though Frum admits he has no idea if such negotiations would have resulted in a better bill.
I do know. The bill which appears likely to pass in a few hours is bad, but it is the least bad bill obtainable given the Congressional results of the November 2008 election.
Only through voter resistance in Virginia, New Jersey and particularly Massachusetts, through hundreds of town halls, through vigorous exposure of the Democrats’ plans for single payer, through countless phone calls and e-mails, and through legislative vigilance were numerous even more damaging provisions stripped out.
If we had followed Frum’s strategy, we would be even worse off, and we would own the monstrosity known as Obamacare.
Frum may want to own this disaster, but I don’t.
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