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In Praise of the 'Small Bill'

5:42 PM, Feb 16, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Ross Douthat has a great suggestion for the GOP in his latest column:

Writing in The Weekly Standard, for instance, Jeffrey H. Anderson has proposed covering an extra 10 million Americans with a mixture of tax credits for the uninsured and better-funded risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions. One could imagine Republicans taking Anderson’s “small bill” into negotiations with the Democrats and emerging with a compromise that spent somewhat more money but kept the basic mix of tax credits and risk pooling intact.

“Imagine,” of course, is the operative word. The Democrats haven’t shown any interest in a fresh start, and right now, the Republican leaders are still debating whether they should even show up at the conference. The most likely outcomes are still all or nothing: Either total victory for the Democrats, or no health care reform at all.

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