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Health Care Reform Watch: Former Republican Senator Bill Frist Likes ObamaCare--a Lot

Professional Republican and Ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist likes ObamaCare--a lot:

Igor Volsky: Frist: ‘I Like The Bill,’ ‘I’m Very Proud Of This Administration’: In October, former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) broke with his party to argue that health care reform “is not socialized medicine.”... Yesterday... Frist again characterized the new law as a moderate measure that he “sort of likes.” From Emily Walker of MedPage Today....

“I like the bill,” Frist said during a panel discussion with former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle at the American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) annual meeting. “I think it’s got lots of positive stuff in it, other than the costs.”

Frist also praised President Obama’s second health summit, saying the President had “persuasive charisma” and “command of the subject.” “You have a president there who got his hands dirty, but still looked presidential,” Frist said. Earlier this month, Frist predicted that the state lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of health reform would likely fail. “”I don’t think that is going to be successful,” Frist told reporters after a speech last Thursday to educators in Nashville. He added, “From a justice, fairness and equity standpoint, I’m very proud of this administration and that America has addressed this.”

And somebody who wishes me ill emails me a Financial Times column by professional nonpartisan Clive Crook, who thinks Bill Frist and the rest of us who like ObamaCare are very wrong:

Clive Crook/a>: [T]he Obama administration has over-reached. Democrats failed to convince the country that their healthcare reform was the right solution to an obvious and pressing problem, yet passed their law anyway. Many voters are angry about this, and entitled to be. Also, despite the administration’s denials, the reform will most likely add to public borrowing, which was on a dangerously high trajectory to begin with. Again, they are right to be concerned...