March 22, 2010

ObamaCare opponents: Five Reasons Not to Despair

Courtesy Rich Lowry:

Public opinion. Democrats were never able to convince the public of the merits of their reform — despite having the highest-profile platforms in American politics, including a president who wore out his teleprompter-festooned bully pulpit for a solid year.

Structured so can it be overturned. The classic play in entitlement politics is to hook people on the benefits, making repeal impossible and growth inevitable. Obamacare is built so the major benefits, the subsidies, don’t kick in for years.

A moment of clarity. Democrats generally win national elections by posing as moderates. In 2006, congressional Democrats sounded like a reasonable alternative to a corrupt Republican party that was losing a major war. In 2008, Obama usually portrayed himself as a moderate post-partisan; if the nature of Obama’s governance had been blatantly forecast back then, he might not have won, despite the financial crisis, the unpopularity of Bush, and the weakness of McCain’s campaign.

The truth will out. Obama has been saying things about his bill that are untrue: It won’t make premiums go down; it won’t control costs; it won’t allow everyone who likes their current insurance arrangements to keep them.

The GOP has been better than expected. I remember listening to a Republican congressional leader answer questions about health care at an off-the-record event back in early 2009, and feeling profoundly depressed. He sounded as if he’d already given up. It’s been a very pleasant surprise how Republicans rose to the occasion over the last year.

He has more under each reason at the link, so as they say, "read the whole thing."

Posted by Hube at March 22, 2010 06:32 PM | TrackBack

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Democrats were never able to convince the public of the merits of their reform

Time will tell. Behind closed doors and away from the screaming opponents, we\'re already seeing the GOP quietly back off efforts to challenge it. Why is that? What do they know?

Democrats generally win national elections by posing as moderates.

As do Republicans. If the angry lefty and righty minorities that have taken control don\'t realize that most people aren\'t like them, a third party for people who actually care about issues will rise up to fill the void.

Obama has been saying things about his bill that are untrue

No doubt. And opponents haven\'t? \"Death panels?\" Really? Saying it\'s a government takeover when it\'s a 900B expansion of an existing program, just like GW Bush\'s 500B expansion of an existing program? Not to mention the Congresspeople truly embarassing themselves by proving they don\'t know what the words \"socialism\" and \"totalitarianism\" means.

Posted by: dc staffer at March 25, 2010 01:59 PM

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