Liberal Federalism

I am a big fan of stealing pages from the other side's playbook when it comes to policy. For starters, neither party has a monopoly on new or good ideas. In this morning's Washington Post, there is a story about how several counties in Texas are figuring out ways to expand Medicaid under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, even though their state's Governor, Rick "oops" Perry, has stated the Lone Star State will not participate in the expansion. The article reveals that these large counties have already engaged in a range of health care programs that help the poor and make their cities more livable. My guess is that there is a model here for some liberal federalism. And, if Mr. Ryan is so intent on finding subsidiarity in action, here it is. Will he endorse it?


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