So the Republicans have their latest catch-phrase as policy proposal. They are going to campaign this summer on the slogan "Repeal and Replace" health care reform. Let's look at this in detail.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Replace? With what? The Republicans LIKED THE STATUS QUO. They had from 2000 to 2006 to reform health care and all they did was a medicare prescription bill that is widely regarded as a massive subsidy to Big Pharma. They gave billions to the pharmaceutical companies and left a gaping hole in the coverage. So for the Republicans to say they are all for health care reform just not the way the Democrats did it, is just a lie for political gain.
Repeal? They have no chance of doing that. The reason the Republicans were so angry about health care reform is because it has massive distributive implications. Resources are going to be taken away from favored Republican constituencies (the wealthy and big insurance companies) and given to favored Democratic constituencies (the middle class, workers, the elderly and the poor). The only reason the Democrats were able to pull this off was because they had huge majorities in both houses of Congress and even then it was a very difficult and nearly run thing. The problem for Republicans is that now that the thing has passed, repealing it will mean REdistributing the resources - that is taking tangible benefits away from large groups of voters (middle class, workers, and the elderly). Even if the Republicans take both houses of Congress (something is very unlikely), President Obama would surely veto any attempt at repeal and would have enough support left in Congress to make it stick.
Meanwhile, the news media have run out of process stories and are finally making the content of the legislation a top story. As people learn more and more about the benefits they are going to get, they support the bill more and more.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 3:00 PM