Due in large part to the proposal by Senate Democrats for Universal Health care for Wisconsin residents (see more detail here), I think Wisconsin Democrats have an excellent chance of not only increasing their majority in the State Senate in 2008, but taking back the State Assembly as well.
The Democratic controlled Senate is going to pass the measure that will give every Wisconsin resident top of the line health insurance while lowering costs for individuals and businesses. The Republican controlled Assembly will not pass it because frankly they’re beholden to the big insurance companies campaign checks, and this is a very important point going forward in this debate, their primary reasoning for opposing universal health care is because it’s an ideological issue.
They don’t believe “the government” can do anything right, nor should do it even try to do anything right. It’s not about what’s best for the people of Wisconsin, it’s about their belief above all else that government is bad.
So while they scream and shout and make up talking points about “20 BILLION IN TAX INCREASES!!#@”, just remember it’s a cover for the real reason they’re against this or any government social program that benefits the greater good of it’s citizens.
Republicans just don’t believe that government can do anything right, which is why when they’re in power, nothing is done right. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy.
But back to the Republican controlled Assembly. If this bill dies with them, which by all accounts it looks like it’s going to do, it’s going to be the #1 campaign issue for the 2008 elections.
Every Democrat running for Assembly is going to hammer home the fact that if it weren’t for Republican obstructionism in the Assembly, you Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Taxpayer would have top of the line health insurance for a fraction of what you’re paying now. And what are Republicans going to come back with? Something about “taxes” I’m sure, but once the facts about this plan make it out in to the public realm, that’s going to sound like the lame argument it really is.
The message: If you want top of the line health insurance coverage for a fraction of what you’re paying now vote Democrat in 2008. If you want the status quo, vote Republican.
Health care is one of the top three issues that voters are concerned about, and after years of double digit premium increases, rightfully so. State Democrats have hit a home run with their proposal and it’s going to be one of the major factors that lead to Democrats regaining control of the State Legislature in 2008.