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The Stimulus Lesson

Having seen meager results and huge deficits that the stimulus produced, voters are skeptical of Obamacare.

Aug 10, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 44 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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That left the health plan, and Obama has campaigned vigorously for its passage, setting deadlines that will not be met, and criss-crossing the country in a so-far unsuccessful attempt to rally support. As he goes about his business he must be scratching his head in puzzlement. Why isn't the message gaining traction? He needn't look any farther back than February, when he signed a bill into law that's become a political liability, and hasn't fixed the economic crisis that brought Obama to office. He didn't know it at the time, but Obama's signature would bring into being an anti-deficit constituency that would confound his ambitions to expand government, and sever the connection between his rhetoric and economic reality. And thus the stimulus paved the way for the failure of Obamacare.

--Matthew Continetti