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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The day after

Reading mainstream media and trolling the blogosphere the day after health care reform became a reality, I think we need a new formal title for the legislation: The Republican Full Employment Act of 2010.

And not because I think it will sweep Democrats out across the commonwealth and the nation, but because a lot of Republicans consultants are going to get rich advising their candidates to oppose it -- in the face of emerging facts that fly in the face of the bazillion words of scorn already heaped on the soon-to-be-signed law.

Let's start in Massachusetts -- where the Globe published a chart yesterday that shows Massachusetts stands to gain $2 billion in new Medicaid assistance over the next 10 years to help pay for coverage for low-income residents. On top of that, the law, the law extends subsidies moderate income residents, lowers the tax penalty for not having coverage and raises the threshold where small businesses are required to buy coverage for their employees.

Despite these pluses -- both Charley Baker and Tim Cahill insist the law is bad for Massachusetts. I'm challenged to understand how a many who earned a living as a health insurance company executive can find these changes onerous to people who need coverage.

Then there is Scott Brown, who needs a clearer connection to Talking Points Central as he veers from independent thought to programmed responder #41.

Brown went from options open to party line "bad for our state" in a matter of hours, thanks in part to prompting from GOP "leaders" like Mitch McConnell and John McCain. Not the the sort of independent thinker voters thought they put into office

Then there is the matter of simple reality: as more Americans learn the truth of the legislation as opposed to the GOP spin, the endangered species may just be the peddlers of bunk.

I'd love to see a poll in the field asking people if they objected to being able to get insurance if they had a pre-existing condition or whether they would be happy to have coverage end because their own treatment is too costly. Let's also ask if the dislike the idea of being able to keep their children on their own insurance plans until age 26 or if they object to making prescription coverage more affordable for seniors.

Do you think people are going to want to give this up after they learn the bill is about serving them and not killing granny?

A party that once brimmed with ideas -- many if which I didn't agree with -- is no so devoid of any that they continue to hammer away at the foundation of the most significant social program since Medicare.

And of course a majority of Republicans opposed that because it was a government-run health insurance program. Are they now prepared to give that up in protest?

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

OL--don't be too sure that just having the law enacted will make people like it. David Gergen on CNN tonight repeated the falsehood that the law was unpopular. Many, many moderate and liberal voices in the media will echo ideas from the Republicans, even false ideas like tort reform cutting costs (TX has tort reform and the most expensive health care city at the same time).
The permanent campaign must continue, and every liberal has keep asking, "do you want to go back to the days when sick people could be kicked off insurance for no reason?"

March 23, 2010 9:33 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sound advice Joel. I never meant to suggest letting the guard down because it's clear Republicans are intent on continuing their campaign of falsehoods.

March 24, 2010 4:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My problem is with your concept of how this happens. "We'll get 2 billion more from Washington", like that money is magically created. It's still money coming out of my (our) taxpayer pockets then being re-directed back to us. And the bigger and bigger gov taking its "vig".

March 26, 2010 5:05 AM  

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