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Thank Utah, as well as Massachusetts, for the tumultuous birth of universal health insurance in the United States

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There is no better example of use of the memory hole in the service of doublethink than Republican opposition to the individual mandate that is at the heart of   Obamacare. Requiring all individuals, even young and healthy ones, to purchase health insurance through markets was a Republican idea, advanced in the early 1990s in opposition to a single-payer health system.  It was a thoroughly sensible approach to the problem of steadily rising health care costs, and, as it turned out, the only practicable way to proceed. I wrote about these beginnings last month. The news that the Republican leadership in