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‘Repair’ Means Retreat


The following is an excerpt from JEFFREY H. ANDERSON | February 2, 2017 | Weeklystandard.com |

Republicans rode their near-unanimous support for repealing Obamacare to big wins in the elections of 2010, 2014, and 2016. Now, having won control of the House, Senate, and White House largely on the strength of that clear and courageous commitment, some Republican officeholders are thinking that maybe it's time for them to stop saying they're for repeal. Egged on by Frank Luntz and his focus groups, some have now switched to "repair."

Of course, "repairing" Obamacare isn't what Republicans ran on. Indeed, it has a totally different meaning. To speak of "repairing" Obamacare is to speak of fixing it—which conveys to voters that it can be fixed. To repeal it means to get rid of it—which implies it cannot be fixed. Republicans need to decide which notion they believe in.

Shortly after the Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote in either the House or the Senate, Yuval Levin wrote the following—in a piece entitled "REPEAL"— and today's Republican officeholders should heed his words:

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