- The Washington Times - Friday, August 2, 2013

There is much hand-wringing over the GOP establishment’s resistance to a Tea Party-inspired effort by some congressional Republicans to deny funding for the implementation of Obamacare, a government takeover of the health care industry.

Why would Republican politicians who ostentatiously denounce Obamacare (symbolically “repealed” repeatedly by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives) refuse to support an effort to effectively repeal it? Theories abound, but Andrew Langer’s aptly titled Commentary piece “Occam’s Razor would cut regulation and boost the economy” (Aug. 1), provides an inadvertent insight into the mystery. Mr. Langer explains, “That principle, known as ‘Occam’s Razor,’ proffers that when faced with a series of options or explanations, the simplest one is usually the correct one.”

Why won’t establishment Republicans, in deed as well as word, reject the premise of Obamacare, a generalized government entitlement to health care? Perhaps the reason is simple: Maybe in their heart of hearts, establishment Republicans agree with the premise.

GREGORY L. LEWIS

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