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What’s the Mystery?

Over at the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin quotes Jill Lawrence’s utter befuddlement over the lack of popularity of ObamaCare. Let’s see if we can clear up the mystery for Ms. Lawrence.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a horrible piece of legislation — incoherently written, damaging in its effects on our health-care system, terribly costly and inefficient, and passed through means much of the public considered either troubling or illegitimate. The more the president spoke on its behalf, the less popular it became. And right now it is, depending on which poll you consult, as unpopular as it has ever been. But it won’t end there. The more the people understand the full effects of this monstrosity, the more politically radioactive it will be.

Ms. Lawrence would learn a lot if she read, and then absorbed, Tevi Troy’s excellent essay in the January issue of COMMENTARY. But I suspect her views are too rigid to allow such a thing to happen.