Yesterday POLITICO reported that, before it even becomes law, opponents of health care reform – including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – are already talking about repealing it. Certainly there is a fundamental disagreement here, since many opponents of reform – again including Gingrich – appear to think that insurance companies can do no wrong.
First, it does seem like another example of opposition at any cost to want to repeal a law before its even enacted.
Second, everyone should be very clear what is being called for here. At a time when insurance companies are finally about to be reined in, and when American families are finally about to be given control over their own health care, opponents of reform are advocating that insurance companies once again be allowed to run wild. Specifically, if they have their way.
And here are some of the benefits that these opponents of reform would want to overturn:
We’ve said it before here, but I’ll say it again: for President Obama, this isn’t about him or about the Democratic Party. It’s about solving a problem that we’ve talked about for decades – a crisis that is bankrupting American families, putting American companies out of business, and exploding our national deficit.
Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director