• Weighing the Lasting Harm of Affordable Health Care

    So, now that health care reform has passed the House, and the Earth has not been swallowed by a giant space worm as was foretold by conservative shaman (yet), a lot of people are now speculating on what speculations people will be speculatively speculating upon going forward.

    Conservative columnist David Frum has been perhaps the most pessimistic seers of things to come, calling it the GOP's Waterloo in a much-linked about response

    No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the "doughnut hole" and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents' insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there — would President Obama sign such a repeal?

    We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.

    Which is weird, because radicals usually lead people to extremely popular and well-understood successes. Probably why they're called "radicals."

    Not all conservatives share Frum's gloomy disposition about the bill's passage. Other have a totally different gloomy disposition, one about people's ability to put two-and-two together

    Republican leaders dismissed any suggestion that the bill would hurt the party over the long term.

    "Someone at Harvard or in San Francisco might think that, but not the rest of the country," said Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee.

    Sen. Alexander is probably right. With all due respect to Mr. Frum, you'd really have to be an east coast, socialist, atheist, academic egghead or a west coast, liberal, bathhouse-going-to, homosexual pervert to see through the Republicans' brilliant plan of saying 'no' to everything. Real Americans would never catch on to that game plan.

    Tags: David Frum, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lamar Alexander, Republicans, Senate


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