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Thursday, November 10, 2016 11:28
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I haven’t commented on the fate of ObamaCare in the wake of Tuesday’s election, nor do I currently have any plans to do so. But I was intrigued by one specific electoral result:

Amendment 69, the ballot measure known as ColoradoCare that would have created a universal health care system in Colorado, was soundly defeated Tuesday night.”

On the one hand, I’ve always championed the 58-state laboratory model; that is, rather than the one-size-fits-very-few ObamaCare debacle, that each state should be free to try out its own proposed solution(s). So I was actually rather happy to see Colorado put it on the ballot.

On the other hand, many of us have said all along that Single Payer was the ultimate goal of ObamaCare in the first place, so the results of this ballot measure are telling: it went down in flames 4:1 (~80% to 20%). That’s a clear repudiation in a state that went pretty solidly for Mrs Clinton.

So what message should one take from this?

Well first, it seems to vindicate the state-by-state laboratory model (as if it needed vindication). But second, the end-game of ObamaCare may be less inevitable than its proponents may have believed.

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