Will Health Care Debate Fuel GOP Election Victory?

With polls showing the Republicans on the rebound, the right wing is ecstatic as conservatives drive to cut Democratic majorities in Congress and win state governorships this fall. More important, the purported rebound may well help them make the timid Democrats appear even more timid as the health care debate reaches a climax smack in the midst of the election campaign. If Obama can’t win a little something in the health insurance fight, he’ll be portrayed more and more as a flop by the right wing. If he wins even a token victory, the GOP attack dogs will nail him as a socialist with a secret plan to “kill Granny”’ by rationing health care. Not true, but that’s the current GOP attack campaign. The Washington Times Tuesday morning lays out the coming attack:

It would be hard to envision a political landscape as tilted against Republicans as it was in 2006 and 2008. There is now a body of polling data to suggest that the generic congressional ballot has closed. In the NBC/Wall Street Journal, Democrats have a seven-point advantage, the smallest it’s been since April of 2006,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior elections analyst at the Cook Political Report.

The papers goes on to cite data from Rasmussen,Rothenberg and Gallup,which it quotes as saying last week,, ” at this early stage, 2010 does not look like it is shaping up to be as strong a Democratic year as 2006 was, and that could make it difficult for the party to hold onto the gains it made in the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections,” the polling organization said.

4 responses to “Will Health Care Debate Fuel GOP Election Victory?

  1. The GOP is going to wind up hunkered down in a bunker in the hills of Montana if they keep up that same old obstructionist tactics. We’ll go visit them as an historic relic community, as they cling to their weapons caches and deny global warming.


  2. I don’t pretend to be an expert in politics, but if there isn’t a plan that provides uncomplicated affordable coverage for those who need it now, the dems (and maybe the country) are in trouble. I would like to put the emphasis on both of those words – uncomplicated and affordable.
    No plan will be easier for them to explain than a bad plan. Unfortunately, they appear to be starting out with barely good and moving to worse.
    I really don’t think Congress understands “uncomplicated” and “affordable”.

  3. Cynthia J. McGroarty

    The least complicated health insurance plan and the easiest to run and explain is single-payer, Medicare for all. There are too few legislators who support single-payer to make a dent, and since the Obama administration doesn’t want it, there is no impetus. It’s off the table for both parties.

    It’s safe to say that there won’t be affordable health care any time soon. Thinking that some tortured version of health care lite is going to make anyone but the insurance industry and big pharma happy is delusional. If you’re unemployed (jobless numbers are likely to hit 10 percent by the end of the year) with a family of four, a government plan isn’t going to help you.

  4. Appeared on Bill Moyers Journal on 10 July 2009 (and repeated on 31 July 2009).

    Wendell Potter — Profits or Patients

    With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients. Now, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of health care reform.

    Looking back over his long career, Potter sees an industry corrupted by Wall Street expectations and greed. According to Potter, insurers have every incentive to deny coverage — every dollar they don’t pay out to a claim is a dollar they can add to their profits, and Wall Street investors demand they pay out less every year. Under these conditions, Potter says, “You don’t think about individual people. You think about the numbers, and whether or not you’re going to meet Wall Street’s expectations.”

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