They keep kicking the can, and we keep chasing it.

Monday, November 15th, 2010 @ 10:46 am | Health Care, Politics

Wonder why Democrats passed a health care reform bill based on Republican ideas and Republicans ran against it as tyranny? Ezra provides a look back on Democrat efforts to cover all Americans since Truman:

In other words, Democrats have been willing to adopt Republican ideas if doing so meant covering everybody (or nearly everybody), while Republicans were willing to abandon Republican ideas if sticking by them meant compromising with the Democrats.

Better move to the right, President Obama!


3 Responses to “They keep kicking the can, and we keep chasing it.”

  1. Dana Says:

    It’s very simple: most Republicans don’t believe that it is, or should be, the government’s responsibility to provide the individual with health care.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:


    You left that part out! Obama’s HCR plan was generated in a 2003 Republican think tank.

    If we embraced “nothing” where would you guys go? Actively injuring Americans? Leaving them to sicken and die would be too leftist…

    You guys didn’t really run on “nothing.” Just against the individual mandate. The other parts are all too popular. It was the “lose weight without diet or exercise” campaign, Dana. Okay, you won, but you better deliver.

  3. AJKamper Says:

    Funny, isn’t it? The bugaboo is “socialized medicine,” which is basically nowhere to be seen in the final product: the health provision industry is becoming tightly regulated, but is still essentially a private product.

    So, once it turned out that there wouldn’t be any socialized medicine, in order to drum up fears of SCARY GOVERNMENT, anger turned against the individual mandate, which (as HW noted) is not only necessary in order to keep private health insurance viable in an era where it can’t closely segregate risk divisions, but was originally a Republican idea!

    I get concerns about its constitutionality, but that’s not the real issue: the problem is that Republicans needed to find a way to paint health reform as bad to avoid giving Democrats a victory, especially given that so many of the other parts were popular (and might actually WORK–see Accountable Care Organizations or tort reform demonstration programs), and turned to this instead.

    More foul, cynical politics less concerned with what’s best for the American people and more concerned with winning elections.