Maybe I’m Too Cynical, But…
Did you happen to catch this article by Felice Freyer?
Do you want a governor who will embrace the law and make the most of it? Independent Lincoln D. Chafee, Democrat Frank T. Caprio and Moderate Party candidate Kenneth J. Block all accept the law — with varying degrees of enthusiasm — and all pledge to carry it out fully.
Do you want a governor who will resist the law, perhaps join other states in challenging it in court, and take a minimalist approach to its requirements? Either of the Republican candidates would probably satisfy you on that score. John F. Robitaille and Victor G. Moffitt both say they believe the law is unconstitutional.
Do you want a governor who will enter office with a deep understanding of the health-care system and the nuances of the federal overhaul? You’re out of luck.
Two points follow from the above. First, developing a nuanced understanding of ObamaCare hasn’t been necessary, because opinions are generally formed, and the issue has been defined by the side that believes the whole “reform” ought to be scrapped on both pragmatic and principled grounds.
Second, ObamaCare defined the current Congress and administration — and set the tone for this election season — in terms of the fact that voters who wanted elected officials who would develop an understanding of “the nuances of the federal overhaul” before making it the law of the land were out of luck.