At the link are some more results from Tuesday’s election, which should be a wake-up call for Republicans who can’t seem to pass a single agenda item that their constituents expected from them. They promised it and couldn’t do it when they owned Congress but Obama was blocking them. Now they own Congress and have a President eager to sign the bills, but they still can’t pass them. They now have less than one year to prove they can pass what they promised. I warn them, if they thought it was hard to pass a bill when they had the majority, it will be even tougher when they’re back in the minority.
On the other hand, just to inject a little perspective: all the big Democrat wins listed on this page were in blue states that are just getting bluer. In Utah, the Republican won with 58% of the vote. Also I note that Maine voted to defy their government’s decision to refuse Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. I’ve seen articles claiming that this shows voters have now embraced Obamacare and Democrats should be openly touting their support for keeping it. I’d just remind them that people in Vermont, Tennessee and California dabbled in government health care, too, and discovered the cost was far more than they expected. Before they embrace Obamacare, they might want to go to the exchanges (we’re in the open enrollment period) and see what it costs. It might be popular with those poor enough to get a full government subsidy, but not for the middle class.
Case in point: I have some friends in Texas, a childless couple who make just enough not to qualify for a subsidy. They’re very happy with their health cost sharing ministry, but just for research, they went to Healthcare.gov to price policies. The choices they were shown (all with ridiculously high deductibles) were the cheapo Bronze Plan for an average cost of $1722 a month, the Silver plan for $2,061 a month, and the Gold Plan for $2244 a month. Obamacare may be getting more popular with some people, but for those who actually have to pay for it with their own money, it’s about as welcome as having to make two extra mortgage payments.