By EDITORIAL  |  March 24, 2010

A trillion dollars worth of budget savings, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and a better deal for elders who need prescription medicine to live are just three of the many provisions that the unconvinced public will warm to once the Republican-sponsored lies fade and the truth emerges. Will health-care-reform opponents really have the gumption to take coverage away from children with, say, leukemia? Now that’s a death panel.

Among the host of Republicans redefining the boundaries of hypocrisy are three Massachusetts men: former governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, whose “Romney care,” now in place and working here, was the template for the federal bill; recently elected Senator Scott Brown, who supported local health-care reform but opposes it nationally; and gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, who supported Romney’s plan, and as a health-care executive also enjoyed a big, fat paycheck skimmed off the top of his policy-holders’ premiums. These stooges of ambition all oppose national health care. They just don’t get it. It’s shameful.

Obama ran for president pledging to enact a national health-care plan. Now he and the Democrats have done it, without a government takeover. The forces of light won this round and the prophets of darkness were vanquished. Rejoice.

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