On keeping the Change

Steyn:

Their bet is that it can’t be undone, and that over time, as I’ve been saying for years now, governmentalized health care not only changes the relationship of the citizen to the state but the very character of the people.

Krauthammer:

“This is a historic moment, this is a moment I think America changes, I don’t think this will ever end up repealed, there’s no way it could happen before 2013, I think it’s unlikely to happen anytime at all, I think in terms of our debt it’s gonna be huge and also in terms of health care.”

Klein:

If efforts to repeal or overturn Obamacare fail, then the battle will have to enter the next stage. At some point after its implemented — whether this is five years or 10 years from now, there will be another major health care debate. Despite President Obama’s promises, premiums will still be skyrocketing and the spiraling cost of health care will be putting a strain on individuals, businesses and the federal government.

When that day comes, liberals will argue that the reason why all of those problems exist is that Obamacare 1.0 didn’t go far enough. They’ll say that the government needs to spend more money on subsidies, place more regulations on insurance companies, and introduce a public option to drive down costs — or maybe even go the single-payer route altogether. Conservatives cannot be in a position to lose that argument.