A Few Thoughts On Health Care Reform

First, Republicans will pick up seats in November. But can we all stop treating it as proof of some kind of Republican comeback or national opposition to health care reform? It’s standard for the party in power to lose seats in the first election after taking the White House.

It happened in 1994, 1990, 1982, 1978, 1970, 1966, 1962, 1954 and 1946 (2002 and 1974 were exceptions for what should be obvious reasons)–in other words, it’s a phenomenon that goes all the way back to the days of Harry Truman.

So the GOP will win seats this fall, but it’s not exactly the sign of a Republican resurgence–it’s just a normal cyclical phenomenon that has been part of American politics for nearly 70 years.

Second, conservatives keep pointing to the polls showing how unpopular health care reform is as reason why Democrats shouldn’t pass it.

But the entire conservative movement has been waging a year-long misinformation campaign on health care reform–they’ve spent a year lying to and scaring the American people.

So the question isn’t really whether or not the American people support health care reform, but if they even know what reform would do.

Right now, ‘health care reform’ is a nebulous concept–it’s easy for people to believe right-wing misinformation about it.  But if it the various bills were reconciled and signed into law, the American people would experience its benefits firsthand, thus proving that reform  isn’t the doomsday scenario the right has made it out to be.

The best argument for health care reform is to simply pass it and let people experience its positive effects firsthand.

Also, speaking of polls, this is today’s Pollster.com aggregate on health care reform:

Something tell me that, if the red and black lines cross again, the right won’t start saying we need to pass health care reform, despite their current demands for rigid adherence to opinion polls.

Third, is anyone else sick of the right-wing concern trolling on health care reform? Conservative after conservative are coming out and predicting dire consequences for Democrats if they pass reform.

Why should Democrats be taking political advice from Republicans? And why should we assume, even for a second, that those Republicans are acting in good faith?

Hell, you’d think that, if health care reform were that much of a losing issue, the GOP would stand back and let Democrats hoist themselves by their own petard, right?

No Democrat should be taking election advice from a Republican. And the fact that they’re concern trolling so hard on this shows that they know it’s a good piece of legislation that would help millions of Americans.

They’re trying to scare Democrats away from voting for it out of fear that, if the bill passes, tens of millions of Americans–at least–would enjoy better, cheaper health care reform, all thanks to the Democrats’ initiative.

Pass the bill. Just pass the bill and show the American people firsthand that the GOP was lying all along and that health care reform was, in fact, a good idea. Use your majority and expose the right’s lies for what they are, once and for all.