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November 1, 2014

Yes, Obamacare is Redistribution

Jonathan Cohn: “Republicans and their allies are making a lot of different arguments about what Obamacare is doing to America. It’s hiking premiums! It’s making people lose their doctors! It’s destroying Medicare! But if you listen closely, you’ll discern a common theme—a message aimed squarely at the middle class: Obamacare is taking away your money or health insurance, and giving it to somebody else.”

“It’s not a novel argument. This is how Republicans have been attacking Democrats at least since the late 1960s, with varying results. For Ronald Reagan, it was a winner. For Mitt Romney, it wasn’t. Maybe it will resonate this time and maybe it won’t. Honestly, I have no idea. But since we’re having this debate, it would be good to clarify who’s getting money from the law—and who’s providing it. Republicans aren’t wrong when they say Obamacare amounts to redistribution. But they seem to have a distorted view of how that redistribution works.”

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