Why give Democrats another bite at the apple? But that’s exactly what Republicans are doing by bringing up their “repeal” federal health reform law bill today to try and override Governor Perdue’s veto. Politically this may play well with the right-wing base, but it doesn’t do well with moderates I think for several reasons:
1. Democrats have a great new argument they didn’t have during bill passage – namely NC’s Attorney General has identified an unintended consequence of the bill that could cost the state millions of dollars in lost federal Medicaid money. This shouldn’t be a surprise – Republicans were adding exceptions to the bill up to the moment of passage to try and avoid unintended consequences to state law. Who knows what else they missed?
2. The Dems have another chance to talk about the need for and benefits of the new health reform law – a law whose specific benefits enjoy widespread support.
3. Didn’t the Republicans have enough of being criticized for not focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs? Now they want to waste more legislative time on an issue that will certainly be decided by the US Supreme Court?
The Republicans are targeting specific conservative Democrats on this. But I don’t see any of them switching. The arguments are just too good for the Ds and most people have already moved on from the health care debate.