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Yesterday—for a few moments—the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was deader than the 45,000 Americans who die every year for lack of health insurance, according to a Harvard study. On TV and on Twitter, CNN and Fox News reported that Roberts court had, as most observers expected, struck down the mandate, maiming President Obama’s signature achievement. Then the magical power of reading comprehension saved the day.

Within minutes, word spread that Justice Roberts recognized his court’s credibility was on the line and saved the law. Conservatives freaked. They immediately turned on their golden boy Roberts. Some, hilariously, vowed to move to Canada, which has single-payer health care and legalized gay marriage. Mitt Romney—whose health care law was Madonna to President Obama’s Lady GagaCare—responded with a speech that listed every debunked lie about ObamaCare, except Death Panels. And he promised to repeal the law and replace is with the healing power of lower taxes for the richest.

Thus, the 2012 election has shaped into a real question of what kind of America we want to live in. Are we America that will live with Mitt Romney’s health care plan or an America that lets Mitt Romney take away his health care plan?

 

 

 

 

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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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