Attacking Health Care Reform With Sixteen Year Old Arguments

Democratic pollster Geoff Garin, President of Peter D. Hart Research Associates is optimistic about the prospects for passing  health care reform despite the inevitable attack from Republicans:

“The Republicans wrote their talking points before the Democrats wrote their plan and we already know they’re going to make the same attack they made against health care, health reform in ’93 or ’94, even though we’re not talking about a plan that looks like ’93 or ’94. So it’s all going to be about ‘government-run health care.’ … They’re going to be making a 16-year-old-argument against something that is very different from the plan of 16 years ago … And at the end of the day, (if it’s) a debate between Barack Obama and (Senate Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell, Obama is a better and more credible communicator.”

Whether he is right depends upon two things–whether the plan is really different from HillaryCare (as looks probable) and whether the Republicans can still win the spin war. It looks likely that, despite Obama’s opposition during the primaries, there will be an individual mandate. This will give the Republicans some strong debating points. Most likley they will spin such a mandate as a policy of the left when it is the demands of the insurance industry which are really responsible for this change.

In the end if the Democrats win on health care it will be partially because of the Republican talking points being out of date. More importantly it will be because of how much conditions have worsened since the 1990’s. This has led to many who opposed health care reform in the 1990’s, including many in the health care field as well as many businessmen and indivuals who can no longer afford health care, to now support reform.

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  1. 1
    hippie4500 says:

    i think american healthcare is just a confusticated combobulation apparatus, and if the liberals REALLY knew what they were doing they would legalize pot and prostitution.  healthcare is then pot is now.

  2. 2
    Ron Chusid says:

    I do support legalization of marijuana and prostitution.

  3. 3
    Fritz says:

    As does any sensible person.  🙂

  4. 4
    David Carne says:

    Attacking Health Care Reform With Sixteen Year Old Arguments …

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    David J Carne says:

    Attacking Health Care Reform With Sixteen Year Old Arguments …

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    Jim Doggett says:

    I think American healthcare is awful in relation to its cost to the American People, either directly or indirectly. 13.9% of GDP; no other nation comes close. And in terms of quality, we’re way behind the single-payer systems. We (libs/Dems) have the power currently, but the “reforms” being advanced by the President and Congress are lame, at best. Cuts only to the growth in cost, and assuraces that the very excellent health of the healthcare industry are creating a plan that’s sellable. It won;t even come close to bring US healthcare up to current world standards for access, quality and low cost.

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