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Catastrophic Success

John on December 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

Matthew Dowd writes in today’s Washington Post:

Congressional Democrats and Obama are headed toward a “catastrophic success” politically if they pass health-care reform in its current legislative form. And catastrophic success was a term then-President Bush used on Iraq when he acknowledged the great initial victory but didn’t take into account the long-term calamity and costs.

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At present, a majority of Americans are against the effort, the legislation lacks bipartisan support, the costs of the reforms are upfront, and the benefits won’t kick in until after the 2012 elections. When has that ever been a formula for political success?

If this legislation passes, Democrats will be held accountable for any failures or problems in the system. So if Americans’ insurance premiums rise, they will blame the Democrats. If patients have to wait in line at emergency rooms, it will be seen as the Democrats’ fault. If health-care costs don’t drop, the Democrats will face the wrath of the electorate.

Like I was saying…Pyrrhic victory.

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