One of these years, maybe we’ll finally learn: those bulky, detail-rich policy plans that presidential candidates incessantly hype and commentators and their opponents pore over? They don’t matter. At all.
Just consider Barack Obama’s evolution on health care. At the end of May 2007, not long after he announced his candidacy, he unveiled a highly specific plan to make health insurance available to all Americans. It was the product of months of work by a team of impeccably credentialed policy pros and provided plenty of fodder for policy wonks.
“If you are one of 45 million Americans who don’t have health insurance, you will after this plan becomes law,” Obama promised at the time.
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