Wednesday, November 03, 2010

How will the 2010 elections affect health care reform?

Health care reform may be Obama's Iraq. Wesley Smith at Secondhand Smoke has this take:

The political debacle suffered by the Democratic Party tonight–it was not a validation of Republicans–had two major causes.  One, beyond our scope here, was the economy and the president’s handling thereof. The second, unquestionably, was Obamacare.  The American people resent how it was passed over their clear and abundantly expressed objections.  The American people loathe the corrupt political process that led to its enactment. The American people don’t want it.  The American people want it repealed, or at the very least, substantially changed.

That won’t happen–yet–what with the president owning the veto pen and the Senate remaining narrowly Democratic.  But it can be badly undermined, indeed, so badly damaged all that will remain will be a husk to blow over in the electoral wind of 2012.  Its regulatory machine can now be defunded before it sinks deeply into the bedrock of American society. The House can–and should–repeatedly pass major modifications and repeals, which will probably be stopped in the Senate,  thereby setting up 2012 for the coup de grace.

1 comment:

Michael Kirsch, M.D. said...

Agree that the Dems' giant step backward is progress for the country.