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    Over a year of hearings and debates, accusations and name-calling, claims and counter-claims, came to an end Monday when President Obama signed into law the Healthcare Reform Act. It is likely to remain the law of the land for the foreseeable future, regardless of who holds a legislative majority, because one clear outcome of the struggle has been the realization that neither party will be likely to make major policy changes for the near future without at least sixty seats in the senate.

    Otto von Bismark famously said that anyone who likes laws or sausages should not watch either being made. We all got a pretty good look at this particular sausage getting shoved into the casing, and it wasn’t pretty. Oh well. The bill which was passed was, in a strange way, reminiscent of the Constitution itself – no one was very happy with it.

    The Left wasn’t happy because – despite the wild over-the-top claims as to its socialist origins – it was basically a conservative Republican approach to the problem. As David Frum, conservative writer and former official of the George W. Bush administration wrote recently, “The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan. It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.”

    The Right wasn’t happy because legislation was overdue and whichever party passed it would reap electoral benefits for some time to come. They were not in power, ...


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