What everybody knows but the press can’t bear to say:
Obama is signing what was, until recently, a moderate Republican health care plan by every substantive comparison or definition. The unanimity of Republican opposition says more about Republicans than it does about the plan itself.
Republicans, determined to oppose the bill, have painted themselves into the corner of declaring that the government simply shouldn’t be “responsible” for helping everybody get health care. Their theory is that the threat of illness, injury or death works as an effective whip to keep the slovenly masses toiling away for minimum wage in the hope of becoming rich (reality check: 13 million middle class earners were uninsured in 2008, but don’t tell rightwingers…because they won’t listen anyway).
David Frum, on the other hand, is single-handedly trying to rescue the Republicans from their own shitstorm of stupidity, insisting the path forward for Republicans is to work to improve the bill through Republican-style ideas. Given that the bill is already an old school Republican bill, applying old school Republican ideas to it shouldn’t necessarily be that unpalatable to either party. He lists four ideas here. They’re debateable, which is more than could be said for the modern GOP’s STARTOVERWEPROMISETOWORKOUTADEALTHISTIMEYOUSOCIALISTFUCKINGCOMMIES!!! suggestion.