Health Bill Could Be Century's Most Significant Policy Reform

Health Bill Could Be Century's Most Significant Policy Reform
James Robinson /PennLive.com via AP

Were it not for the provision that Patrick J. Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate's proposed health-care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey's provision, however, makes it this century's most significant domestic policy reform.

It required tenacity by Toomey to insert into the bill a gradually arriving, but meaningful, cap on the rate of growth of per-beneficiary Medicaid spending. It is requiring of Toomey and kindred spirits strenuous efforts to keep it there, which reveals the Republican Party's itch to slouch away from its uncomfortable but indispensable role as custodian of realism about arithmetic.

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