Marc Ambinder thinks the wingnuts have thrown their best punch at Obamacare, and it’s still standing.
After August, under the worst case scenario, there is majority support for the following major changes to health care: real (albeit limited) competition in the insurance industry (even absent a public plan). A cap on what a person pays for catastrophic illnesses. An end to insurance company recision policies. Guaranteed issue. A basic benefit package. Significant subsidies to help people who earn as much as $64,000 a year pay for health insurance. Better cost and coverage incentives. And lots more. Say what you will about these reforms — maybe they’re incremental — but they’re a foundation for center-left policy in the future.After August, conservatives have exhausted their repertoire of arguments and many of their demagogic tricks. Public support for significant health care reform as something worth doing remains high. Support for Obama’s plan remains unchanged — didn’t grow, certainly, but didn’t decline. Support among Democrats remains at 90%. Obama’s message tomorrow night will be one that dovetails with what the American people believe: it’s important to get health care reform done.