Health Care Debate Fatigue
I suspect that the vast majority of Americans suffer from health care debate fatigue. But round 2 begins this week and is being touted as a more “civil” discussion of these important issues—we’ll see.
Democrats will argue that they’re happy to force Republicans to explain why it’s a good idea to repeal health care legislation that (1) mandates health insurance for all people, (2) prohibits insurers from dropping coverage, and (3) subsidizes insurance premiums for those who can’t afford them. And then, in a thrust that is part wishful thinking, part ideological delusion, and part dishonesty, some (but not all) Democrats will then claim that Obamacare will reduce the deficit and that repeal would lead to massive new government deficits.
When Republicans assert that the opposite is true, the President’s supporters dismiss their claims as partisan rhetoric. But the Republicans have already conducted a real-life experiment proposed by then-Republican Governor Mitt Romney in Massachusetts, and the negative results in that laboratory support their claims …