Thursday, November 20, 2003

It happens every time. The House pulls right. Then Senate pulls left. Bush signs no matter what. This time it's Medicare. If the AARP is for it then it's a safe bet that I'm against it. It's clear Bush either is afraid of a fight or doesn't care about the issue. (After all, he promised some form of government prescription drugs coverage for old folks back in 2000.) What about the House? Aren't there enough conservatives there to say no? The most charitable explanation I can give is that Republicans legislators in general, knowing that health-care is a winning issue for Democrats, want to neutralize it as an issue. Of course in so doing they neutralize another reason for conservatives to vote for them.

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