That’s what Alf Landon thought too

I’m going to jump in with a rare Sunday morning post because I read a column by Dana Milbank that really serves my point in last week’s post, The Healthcare Debate. 

Here’s some of what Milbank has to say,

“…The health-care legislation, if passed, won’t be repealed, and the politics of repeal may not work out as well as Republicans expect. You wouldn’t think that based on the headlong rush to demand a repeal even before the health bill becomes law.”

“Even the conservative majority on the Supreme Court would have to be wary of suddenly rejecting a legislative process that has been tolerated for years — all for the purpose of taking health care away from 30 million Americans. That would make Bush v. Gore look relatively innocent.”

“What Americans would see — or at least what Democratic ad makers say they’d put on Americans’ TV screens — are the benefits that would take effect this year: tax credits that encourage small businesses to offer health coverage; a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the prescription-drug “donut hole” (the checks would start going out June 15); allowing young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health policies; and, above all, a ban on refusing coverage to children with preexisting conditions.”

Milbank uses the example of GOP Presidential nominee Alf Landon in 1936, who ran on the platform of repealing the recently enacted Social Security Act.  His point in the column is that Mr. Landon was wrong about the general population’s resolve to repeal SS then, and GOP leaders are wrong now.  He probably falls in the opposite camp from me on “Obamacare,” however we can both agree that it will be nearly impossible to repeal. 

To reiterate my final point from the previous healthcare post,

“So, there are many arguments for healthcare being thrown around out there.  There are personal stories that tug at your heartstrings, and there are appeals to our humanity to love others, there are cries that this is the only way to control costs, and there are even those who seem to believe that the government can administer healthcare better than it’s being done currently.  But, ultimately none of that really matters.  In the end, this is all about nationalizing 1/6th of the American economy (a portion equal to the ENTIRE English or French economy) because they know once they get it done it will be nearly impossible to undo.  They believe that by doing this, our country will forever be tilted to the left, no matter what happens. 

You see, they’ll happily lose an election cycle or two in order to “win the war” in that regard. “


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