22 July 2009

We know, but you're not supposed to admit it!

Politics Driving Opposition to Health Care Reform -- Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
n an interview on CNBC, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) admits that at least half the opposition to health care reform is about scoring political points against President Obama rather than substantive policy disagreements.

Said Voinovich: "I think it's probably 50/50."

And we continue to pretend that the GOP establishment is opposing reforms in good faith.


  1. The current healthcare legislation is in trouble because more and more Democrats are opposing it.

    The President is a Democrat. The Democrats hold huge leads in both the House and the Senate.
    It does not matter what the Republicans say. It does not matter how the Republicans vote. The Democrats have the power to do everything.

    The Republicans cannot stop anything.

    The Democrats should pass the legislation and hope every Republican votes no. This will help Democrats during the 2010 mid-term elections. It will also help the President get re-elected.

    Why do you care about what the Republicans say and do if you strongly favor the current healthcare legislation?

    The Republicans cannot stop anything?

  2. Anon-

    Totally right, and very frustrating. This is the Dems' game to lose. They are very good at self-inflicted injuries, though, so it's highly possible.

    Why do I care about republicans?
    1. Because their voices help shape the debate. If their criticisms are well-publicized, are seen to be valid, and are believed by voters, it is more likely that skittish dems will fail to support the reform. So it's important to rebut the criticisms, especially when they are predicated on faslehoods.
    2. Because the republicans, if there were any moderates who were willing to bargain in good faith, could be constructive participants in the process. A bipartisan deal on a good bill is better than ramming through a good bill in a bitter fight. I should give credit to Grassley and Hatch, Snowe and Voinovitch -- they've tried, even if they came up short (Hatch walked away today). The Dems had quite a history of compromise (some might say, rolling over) when they were in the minority; it would have been nice to see reciprocity when the roles were reversed.


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