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Jonathan Bernstein

Bill Kristol's Still Wrong on Health Care

The more liberal policy becomes, the more conservative the public tends to be, and vice versa.
Hillarycare in the 1990s wouldn't have made Americans more liberal.
Hillarycare in the 1990s wouldn't have made Americans more liberal.

Sahil Kapur dragged out Bill Kristol's famous 1993 memo about President Bill Clinton's health care reform plan. Kapur argues that Kristol's doomsaying about the politics of health care turned out to be true and that this dynamic will benefit Democrats now -- as Kristol feared would happen if the Clinton plan had been passed and implemented.

Wrong!