Republicans try to take back the word "universal."

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March 26 2009 7:19 PM

Universal Confusion

Since when is Republican health care "universal"?

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Emphasizing "universal access" also lets the GOP sound equally ambitious while quietly reframing the debate. "By setting the bar at access, they're trying to define the problem in a way that the solution is something minor rather than something major," says Anthony Wright of Health Access California.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.