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Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue

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Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow at an Intelligence Squared event on this proposition: '€œResolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.'€ I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I'€™ve never done any formal debate; second, the resolution gave the '€œfor'€ side a built-in handicap, as the '€œagainst'€ side just had to prove that Obamacare might not be completely beyond rescue; and third, we were debating on the Upper West Side. Now, I grew up on the Upper West Side and love it dearly. But for this particular resolution, it'€™s about the unfriendliest territory this side of Pyongyang.