Health Reform Works…for the GOP

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Michael Steele’s “health bill of rights” for seniors is a transparent enough way to drum up opposition to Democratic health reform–including, of course, the right to hold on to that nifty government-run health care program called Medicare. But perhaps less obviouis is how well the GOP’s “just say no” approach has worked to bridge the party’s basic ideological divide. To wit: Economic conservatives carry the anti-government ball while social conservatives run abortion and end-of-life care (aka “pulling the plug on granny”) up the flagpole. So far, there’s been little hue and cry about an imagined mandate to cover same-sex couples in family plans. Maybe that’s for after Labor Day.