Health Care & Federalism

Politico today discusses the efforts of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reach out to governors, many of them Republicans, regarding the implementation of the health care reform law.

It is a measure of how bad Democrats are at messaging that the bill is filled with provisions of a "federalist" nature, that require the states to implement the policies, that leave some measure of discretion to local elected officials.

What was portrayed by Republicans as a "federal government takeover" of health care, with "Uncle Sam himself in the examining room" was actually a bill that actually implemented the kind of federalism Republicans are usually calling for.

But, of course, Democrats forgot to mention it.


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