Tuesday, December 22, 2009

An Unprecedented Election

Much attention has been given to the fact that much of the health care bill that is about to pass out of the Senate, if enacted, won't take effect until 2014. While Republican criticisms of the delayed implementation have focused on the idea that the waiting period was designed to help paper over the fiscal irresponsibility that is taking place, ultimately they may realize that the Democrats have handed them an opportunity to gain or lose.

In short, with much of the new entitlement not yet implemented, the presidential election of 2012 will essentially be a referendum on health care reform. As the economy may be continuing to lag that far into the future, economic policy may be in play, as well. However, basically, the election will amount to an up or down vote on what will be passed after the first of the coming year.

We have never really had anything quite like that in American history. Republicans would do well to think about who should emerge as their candidate with that in mind.


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