Granted, the healthcare reform bill is an improvement, at least for the poor Republican welfare states of the South (and they’re ‘real’ Americans too!), but, as I’ve said before, this is a conservative, not centrist, healthcare plan. Brad DeLong:
…the essence of the reform — which is that the insurance market has been restructured to remove those adverse-selection and moral-hazard problems that have broken our private insurance-based health-financing system….
The conservative DNA of ObamaCare is hardly a secret. “The Obama plan has a broad family resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts plan,” Frum wrote. “It builds on ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s that formed the basis for Republican counter-proposals to Clintoncare in 1993-1994.”
But what DeLong writes next is the perfect retort to faux-liberal Peter Beinert’s latest DLC scrawlings:
Over in that alternative branch of the quantum-mechanical multiverse in which Mitt Romney was elected President in November 2008, this health care bill–with much smaller subsidies and no tax increases on the rich, and with other tweaks and modifications–passed the House of Representatives 352-83 and passed the Senate 79-20, with near-solid Republican support. Left-wing Democrats whined that it was not real reform. The David Broders and David Brookses of the world trumpeted it as an extraordinary victory for American bipartisanship.
Instead, we are here — where a nearly identical plan appears very, very different.
This should indicate just how nutty bonkers the Republican right and conservative movement have become: they think passing a plan similar to Romneycare, to a Heritage Foundation plan, to the plan proposed by Bob Dole in 1994, is the cold, dead hand of socialism.
I wrote should because our media betters won’t dare point this out: that would be unbalanced.
Which is a sign of just how unbalanced our political discourse has become.
And if it makes Republicans feel any better, a lot of middle class families–although fewer than before–will still be unable to afford medical care.