Healthcare Reform

Johnathan Chait at the New Republic posted an article outlining how the Democrats and Obama can still pass comprehensive healthcare reform, much to the chagrin of the Party-of-No’s strategy. Chait suggests that the endzone celebrating of the lapdogs of the insurance industry and advocates of corporate welfare (we used to call them Republicans, but that name seems too civil to describe the screechy naysayers that are leading the fight against the interests of the American people) may be a little premature.

Ever since Scott Brown beat Martha Coakley, conservatives, with very few exceptions, have been convinced that health care reform is dead. Friday’s Charles Krauthammer column offers a good example of the prevailing sentiment: “Barack Obama’s two signature initiatives — cap-and-trade and health-care reform — lie in ruins.”

As a practical matter, Chait notes that the door to reform is still wide open for the Democrats, and that they just have the discipline to walk through it. They don’t need to present legislation that requires 60 votes to avoid filibuster, the house just needs to pass the Senate version of the reform that has already passed and then work out the details in reconciliation. It’s not a slam dunk, but it has a good chance of passing, and in this scenario, the Party-of-No would not be able to obstruct this progress.

Nothing would make me happier than to serve the obstructionist party a cold plate of just desserts. Chait wraps his article with this:

They’ve already run off the field, sprayed themselves with champagne and taunted the losing team’s fans. And now the other team is saying the game is still on and they have a good chance to win. There may be nothing wrong at all with the process, but it’s certainly going to feel like some kind of crime to the right-wing. The Democrats may not win, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to try. The conservative freakout is going to be something to behold.

Let the freaking begin.

Hat tip to daringfireball.net for the link to Chait’s article.

Posted Feb 23, 11:14 AM by Mark ·


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