Saturday, January 2, 2010

Simberg: Will Health Care Tip MA Senate Race to GOP?

PajamasMedia has just published the following essay by Rand Simberg entitled, "Will Health Care Reform Tip Senate Race to GOP in Massachusetts?"

Simberg notes:
There's an election coming up in Massachusetts to replace Senator Ted Kennedy. Properly waged by the Republican, Scott Brown, it could become a perfect storm of the health care debate.

Sissy Willis proposes that it be made a referendum on the potential national catastrophe being masticated by Congress, with the latest milestone the corrupt passage of the Senate version as early coal in the nation's stocking on Christmas Eve. It has the potential to be a brilliant political move.
I believe Simberg is right -- this could be a golden opportunity for the Republicans.

But this would depend on whether the Massachusetts GOP chooses to fight for the right principles, or whether they're content to "me too" the Democrats and merely offer statism-lite as an alternative to ObamaCare.

In particular, Scott Brown's own website states the following about health care policy:
I believe that all Americans deserve health care coverage, but that we shouldn't have to create a new government insurance program to provide it. I support strengthening the existing private market system.

In Massachusetts, I support the 2006 healthcare law that expanded coverage, but I believe the Deval Patrick administration must do more to contain the costs of the Commonwealth Care subsidy program.
In other words, the candidate himself is not opposed to the basic principles of RomneyCare, based on mandatory insurance. Hence, there's no reason to believe he would be opposed to the national version in the form of ObamaCare.

Hence, I think the GOP will almost certainly refuse to take advantage of this opportunity.