Reason’s Peter Suderman points out that the Scott Brown campaign has run against ObamaCare effectively in part because Massachusetts already has a state-based system of “universal health insurance” (one championed by former Gov. Mitt Romney). As a campaign worker told Politico, “There is nothing for us in a national plan
except higher taxes and more spending to finance coverage
expansions in other states.”

The Massachusetts plan is no bargain, to be sure, but a Brown win should surely serve to rebuke Beltway central planners ? and embolden supporters of federalism and “laboratories of democracy” to redouble their efforts. A D.C. takeover of everything is not inevitable.