Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist, posted this very good news today on his blog, “The Conscience of a Liberal:”
OK, it looks as if major health care reform is actually going to happen. Democrats have agreed that if Republicans try to block reform in the Senate, they will use the reconciliation process to bypass a filibuster.
Republicans will, of course, scream that this is a terrible, terrible thing – something they themselves would never have done – except, of course, to cut food stamps, pass both major Bush tax cuts, and more.
We’ll still have to see what the reform looks like – especially whether the public plan survives. But kudos to the Obama administration and the Democratic leadership: this is the big one, and so far it looks very, very good.
Here is my reply to Paul:
This is extremely good news for the growing millions who have no health insurance. I have written to Sen. Baucus several times urging him to move his plan forward. The Republicans will of course blow tons of steam in outrage and consternation, but the historical opportunity to create a health care system that essentially establishes a right to medical care has to be made law.
And here is the Great Irony: Every single Republican who objects to the legislation will now be covered by the new national plans. Every Republican who has lost his or her job because of the Recession and now has no health insurance or is working but can’t afford it will be covered. Every Republican who has been denied treatment due to pre-existing conditions will be treated. Every Republican will have access to all the medical services and programs provided by the new system. Every Republican will benefit from the elimination of billions, dare we say trillions, of dollars, of waste currently generated by the current non-system.
Even Rush Limbaugh, despite his vitriolic howling objections, will be covered.
Once the legislation is passed, how many Republicans will stand on principle and refuse to participate? Can we speculate they will overnight become the “Party of Yes?”
Let’s get this health care legislation passed.
And, I want to add: Go, Max, go!