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Seventy-six trombones

John Boehner begins his Des Moines Register column on Barack Obama’s visit to Iowa with the observation: “It’s fitting that President Obama returns to Iowa City today to sell a skeptical public on his massive government takeover of health care.” I thought Boehner might have in mind the arrival of “Professor” Harold Hill’s political successor in River City, but he’s thinking of something more prosaic:

It was here in May 2007 that President Obama promised his health-care plan would lower premiums by up to $2,500. But now the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns that premiums in the individual market will actually rise by as much as $2,100 under the law he signed this week.

Well, that’ll do for the “trouble right here” in River City and the con man who’s peddling his big plan to them. He’ll be moving on long before the residents have to play on the shabby instruments he’s selling.

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