No healthcare refrom will be passed in 2010
by Kent, Wed Dec 09, 2009 at 09:16:10 PM EST
I have said it all along and will say it again. No healthcare reform is going to be passed in this country in 2009 or 2010. The problem is that the Democratic party failed to unite around a single proposal that could pass Congress. Conservative Democrats thought that a public option would involve too much government and liberals thought that any plan that didnt have a public option might as well not pass. The end result to all of it as that just as with every other time we tried to pass healthcare reform, we ended up with nothing in the end.
I know many people here once thought that we could actually finally get a deal to reform healthcare after many years of trying and failing. I had come to believe that the issue was futile and that reform cannot be passed. I had a brief surge of hope in early 2009 and again a few weeks ago, but I have now resigned to the fact that we will fail again on this issue.
The sad thing is that Democrats are highly unlikely ever to attempt this issue again after the mauling they got twice in a row on it. In 1994, they lost their majority for attempting to address the issue and they probably will again in 2010.
The next several years in the wilderness will likely give the Democratic party a large amount of time to sit down and think about what went wrong and maybe attempt to look at more incremental reforms that could pass Congress, such as allowing young people to stay on their parents insurance until age 27 or allowing Americans full tax credits for purchasing private health insurnance. These are all moderate, middle of the road proposals that actually could pass Congress.
Democrats simply need to get away from the idea of covering everybody with a one size fits all program that signicantly increases the budget deficit or would require an increase in taxes. Smaller, moderate measures are the best we can hope for in this country.