Daily Archives: May 16, 2011

It was a close-to-impossible assignment: explain why the Massachusetts health care reform was good policy and President Obama’s health care reform, so strikingly similar, wasn’t. In his speech at Ann Arbor last week, Romney did advance the only principled defence of this position–which is that states can properly do things that the federal government cannot. Let the states experiment; don’t impose one top-down solution. Moreover, you can argue, the Constitution denies the federal government power to make people buy health insurance; nobody, so far as I know, denies that this power is available to the states.

In a speech last week and at a series of other events, President Barack Obama renewed his call for comprehensive reform of a US immigration system that everyone agrees is broken. He called it an “economic imperative”. He is right – more right, perhaps, than he knows.

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I have been the FT's Washington columnist since April 2007. I moved from Britain to the US in 2005 to write for the Atlantic Monthly and the National Journal after 20 years working at the Economist, most recently as deputy editor. I write mainly about the intersection of politics and economics.

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