President Barack Obama
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America has one of the weakest systems of social support in the industrial world. And the right of states to make their own decisions — on food stamps, on Medicaid, on public schools, on welfare — contributes directly to how bad it is. And now we’re seeing the same doctrine — states' rights — used to undermine health care reform.
The federal government has reopened, 800,000 so-called "non-essential" federal employees are back at work, post-mortems of winners and losers drag on and a somewhat chastened Republican Party hopes it won't get punished in the 2014 midterm elections.