Conservatives support the welfare state. The largest expansion of the welfare state since Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was undertaken not by liberals, but by conservatives. The Republican version of health-care reform, known as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, was introduced by the Republican House speaker, supported by the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, passed with overwhelming Republican support, and signed into law by a Republican president. Those were the same Republicans who campaigned in the 2010 election on how conservative they were.
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