Republicans will have to change their tune to stay relevant in Virginia | The Virginia Mercury
How universal health coverage was branded as radical | The Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Republican candidates in recent Virginia statewide elections went all in on a bet with little actuarial upside. They hoped that by hammering on issues that riled up older, mostly white voters they could pull out wins in an increasingly diverse state.
The problem? Not only did they lose the elections, they’re about to lose the future, too.”
Why, if the U.S. is the outlier, do our public discussions so often frame the international norm of universal coverage as extreme?
As it turns out, this idiosyncratic perspective doesn’t stem from a uniquely American love of freedom. It’s a legacy of special interest campaigns during the first half of the 20th century that successfully branded public health insurance as radical.