Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Is The Health Care Bill a Political Liability for Democrats?

Now that the Democrats have passed a "healthcare reform" bill that neither reforms nor provides healthcare, what is going to be the political fallout. According to Paul Krugman, it will benefit the Democrats. I have no idea, and I don't care, given that Republicans have not exactly been fiscal stalwarts when in power.

In his blog post, "A Thin Line Between Hate and Love," Krugman contrasts a Wall Street Journal editorial with the results of a Gallup poll in which nearly 50 percent of those polled approved of the plan and only 40 percent said they were against it.

As I see it, the plan will provide whatever "good" results it will bring first, in the short term, but the hammer will come down later -- and it will come down. Americans are going to find out that this "cost-cutting" reform is going to make it more difficult for them to see doctors, and the overall costs they will bear for their medical care will be higher than they are now. That I can guarantee.

So, I suspect that Krugman might be correct regarding the political fallout, although to Krugman, if the Democrats win, that will "prove" that "reform" was a good thing. But, then, his world is so thoroughly politicized that I doubt he can have even a simple conversation without politics entering into it.

1 comment:

Marco2006 said...

What I have seen in the news here in California is a giant misunderstanding by citizens. They think they have Healthcare Coverage now. Little do they realize it doesn't start until 2014.