Re: The Health Care No’s

Watching the same trends I remarked upon yesterday, James Capretta thinks Democratic health-care-reform advocates are sailing into “seriously choppy political waters.” Part of this is to be expected, he explains:

The Obama White House and their congressional allies have built expectations among their core supporters that this is the year to pass a government-takeover of American health care. With expectations set so high, most elected Democrats have concluded they have no choice but to set out on a forced march to try to do exactly that — despite unified Republican opposition. But a partisan bill means that Democrats own all of the messy and unattractive details too. The debate is no longer about vague concepts of “coverage” and “cost-control” but who pays and who is forced out of their job-based plans.

So the answer? Why naturally, “shorten the time between a full public airing and a vote.” But even if they do so, they still have to come up with a plan, a complete bill setting forth a funding mechanism, a price tag, and a specified role for government in regulating or directly providing insurance. Given what we know about the outlines of the Kennedy-Dodd plan, we are looking at spending $1.5 trillion and still leaving “15 to 20 million uninsured Americans.”

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