Jeb Bush Bolsters GOP Position With Obamacare Stance
Elsewhere, The New York Times examines the new surgeon general's resolve on taking sometimes unpopular stances.
Obamacare Helps Jeb Bush Mark His Place On The GOP Spectrum
Jeb Bush has used Obamacare to define his place on the spectrum of conservatism, even as he serves on the board of a major for-profit hospital chain benefiting from the health’s law’s drive to cover the uninsured. Even before Bush announced Tuesday that he would “actively explore the possibility” of a White House bid, he had called the Affordable Care Act “flawed to its core.” He’s consistently attacked the policy, while chiding some conservatives’ tactics in fighting it. ... His statements about Obamacare have at times served to appease immigration hardliners, who dislike his moderation on that issue. (Wheaton, 12/16)
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Vivek Murthy, The New Surgeon General, Isn’t Afraid To Take A Stand
In an age when health care is a politically contentious topic and doctors often shy away from getting involved, Dr. Murthy takes positions. He is a founder of Doctors for America, a nonprofit group of 16,000 physicians and medical students whose stated mission is to improve the country’s health care system and make sure everyone has access to quality health care. The group advocated passage of the Affordable Care Act (and the election of President Obama — it was originally called Doctors for Obama, a fact that rankled Republicans and even some Democrats), training members to educate people about enrollment, organizing a bus tour in Florida and holding athletic races for fund-raising across the country. (Tavernise, 12/16)