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Be Thankful for . . . Obamacare!

8:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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On the one hand, this is a pretty dour Thanksgiving. Iran has just won an enormous diplomatic victory, which not only sets them on the road to nuclear weapons but makes the fecklessness of the Western powers clear to the world. Harry Reid's decision to destroy the filibuster signals an escalation in the ugliness of American politics. And let's not forget that we're still mired in a recovery that's looking more like the new normal with each passing week. Humbug.


But at least we've got Obamacare! Over the last several years the Republican party has proved inept at making a coherent, sustained argument either for conservative principles or against the perils of modern liberalism. They haven't even been capable of making effective arguments against the single most consequential—and unpopular!—piece of legislation in a generation: Obamacare. I don't want to name names, but the most important Republican figure of the last four years didn't even want to talk about Obamacare during the 2012 election. 

Yet now that we actually have Obamacare in action, conservatism is no longer at the mercy of the Republican party. Because Americans now get to see first hand. And the argument makes itself.

This argument isn't just about the duplicity and hubris of Barack Obama. It's not even limited to the competence and trustworthiness of the Democratic party. It's about the civil compact, the nature of government, and the perfectibility of the kingdom of man.

Reagan himself couldn't have made a better case for conservative ideas than Obamacare is making daily. So, just for one day, let's be thankful for it.

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