If it Looks Like Redistribution, and Acts Like Redistribution…

Redistribution: “These days the word is particularly toxic at the White House, where it has been hidden away to make the Affordable Care Act more palatable to the public and less a target for Republicans, who have long accused Democrats of seeking ‘socialized medicine.'”

According to the New York Times, despite best efforts by the Obama administration to argue otherwise, “the redistribution of wealth has always been a central feature of the law and lies at the heart of the insurance market disruptions driving political attacks this fall.”

Agrees Jonathan Gruber, health economist at MIT: “Americans want a fair and fixed insurance market …You cannot have that without some redistribution away from a small number of people.”

The White House sees it differently. White House strategist, David Axelrod: “Widening income inequality has, to some Americans at least, changed the meaning of redistribution. ‘The whole redistribution argument has shifted in the country because there’s a sense that a lot of redistribution has been to the top and not the bottom.'”

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