Republicans Still Oppose Government Health Care
In an era where everything is the worst somethingorantother since the Great Depression or some other time, I suppose retro comparisons are just in style. I’ve seen several references of late to the Republicans being stuck in 1997 or 1993 or whathaveyou. Hell, I’ve made them myself.
This one, though, puzzles me:
With health care reform as President Obama’s main agenda item this week, Greg Sargent digs up a 1993 William Kristol memo that argues Republicans could make significant electoral gains by derailing President Clinton’s own health care reform effort. It will be interesting to see if Kristol’s points are reflected in GOP talking points this week.
The Democrats still favor nationalizing health care. The Republicans still oppose it. Where’s the gotcha in that?
Ezra Klein argues that things are different now because Obama is more popular than Bill Clinton was then and so is his plan. We shall see, I guess. I’ve long argued that nationalization of America’s health care system is inevitable — that the only question is how long we can delay it and what form it will eventually take. But that doesn’t mean we should give up without a fight.