Like Jeff Lord on the main site, Rich Lowry makes the case for repealing the health care bill should it become law. He cites the examples of Australia, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Washington to give confidence that Obamacare-style reforms can be reversed once enacted. He could also have mentioned the catastrophic health insurance tacked onto Medicare, which proved so unpopular that it was repealed by a Democratic Congress.
Opponents of this bill would obviously be better off finding ways to defeat it in the first place, because it is easier to stop something in Washington than to reverse it. But if the bill has the predicted effects on the insurance market, premiums, taxes, and Medicare before most of the benefits kick in, repeal would not be impossible. Who wants to to filibuster in defense of something that public views as a mistake? If the Democrats do, it will have political consequences.
Republicans can also make repeal easier by doing one simple thing: State in advance they intend to work for the bill’s repeal if it is enacted, rather than simply consolidating liberalism’s gains as usual.