The Future Of Healthcare Politics

Jun 27 2012 @ 11:49am

If Obamacare is struck down, some argue that the GOP will "own" the healthcare system and be blamed for its failures. Waldman rejects this fantasy:

What's more likely to happen is that Democrats will continue to talk a lot about health care, coming up with new proposals and trying to make the intricate case for why their latest complex policy fix really will make people's lives better. Republicans will then say, "This is just more big government of the kind the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. We need to unleash the power of the free market." Then they'll filibuster whatever it is Democrats want to do, the proposals will die, and Republicans will pay no particular price at the polls.

Cheerful now?