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Healthcare: a conservative Waterloo

Obama’s healthcare victory was a disaster for the American right. But it only has itself to blame

By David Frum   May 2010

When President Obama passed his healthcare legislation on 22nd March, the American right suffered its most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s. It’s hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the disaster.

My fellow conservatives have since cheered themselves by suggesting Obama’s unpopular bill will deliver defeat in the November midterms. But with the economy improving, and the immediate goodies in the healthcare bill reaching voters by then, this seems over-optimistic. And even if they are right, so what? Legislative majorities come and go. This healthcare bill is forever. A win in November is poor compensation.

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