There’s been some disagreement recently in left-of-center circles as to whether or not the failure to deliver on health care reform in 1994 contributed to Democrats’ political problems that fall. But one thing we can know for sure is that many on the right think killing health reform will help the GIP in the midterms. For example, my colleague Matt Corley found James Inhofe saying this:
INHOFE: Oh, I think so. I really do. In fact, there’ll be a lot of Democrats. You know, I liken it to the cap and trade thing. Now that’s the one that I’ve been kind of in charge of for ten years, and we know where we are on that now. We know that if, as long as people keep talking the way they are right now, we’re going to defeat it. They only have 34 votes. They need 60 votes. I’d say health care right now is somewhere in the neighborhood of, they have maybe 45 votes. But every day, they lose votes, because people find out what it is, what it’s going to do, and what it’s not going to do. When you tell people that the mortality rate in Canada is 25% higher for breast cancer, 18% higher for prostate cancer, you know, they say why in the world would we emulate a system like that? This is life threatening. And so we have all the issues on our side on this thing, and I think, you know, I just hope the President keeps talking about it, keeps trying to rush it through. We can stall it. And that’s going to be a huge gain for those of us who want to turn this thing over in the 2010 election.
The opposition’s gonna do what it’s gonna do. But I hope all the Democrats in congress understand what’s happening.