When it was enacted in 2010, Obamacare was supposed to be the final culmination of 60 years of effort by Democrats to realize the dream of universal health insurance. It was a complicated scheme, designed in such a way as to bridge the gap among Americans of different ideologies on how to address an alleged evil. But dreams are rarely easy to bring into reality, especially when one person's dream is another's nightmare. As Steve Chapman points out, Republicans have advocated their own costly and burdensome programs in the past, but Obamacare has generated no national consensus. As a result, the battle over the scheme is unlikely to end anytime soon.
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