Health care reform is here to stay

No, I don’t know who’s going to win this election. And yes, it’s bad enough if the United Wingnut Front holds on to the House.

But Mitt Romney’s appearance on Meet the Press this morning marked an epoch.

Well, I’m not getting rid of all of healthcare reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in healthcare reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their– their family up to whatever age they might like. I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.

Note that Romney treats Obamacare – even the provisions that have yet to take effect – as both a measure of “reform” and as the status quo, containing things he doesn’t want to “get rid of.” And of course you can’t rally have coverage for pre-existing conditions and insurance disconnected from employment without a purchase mandate, or a purchase mandate without some cross-subsidy, as a Republican governor of Massachusetts discovered.

So Obamneycare – which the wingnuts think is the end of the Republic – is here to stay. And we wouldn’t have it if Obama hadn’t pushed for it, early and hard.

The notion that progressives need to hold their noses to vote to re-elect a man who belongs on George Will’s list with Wilson and FDR and LBJ would be funny, if the stakes weren’t so high.

Update Commenters note that the wingnuts promptly made Romney take it back by saying – through an anonymous spokesgeek talking to NRO, as opposed to the candidate himself on Meet the Press that he expected the market to do all that good stuff, except for the pre-existing conditions rule, which would apply only to those who have been continuously insured. So it now turns out that Romney was for health care reform both before and after he was against it.

Doesn’t matter a damn. If Obamacare is “reform,” and if its “good parts” are the status quo that needs to be maintained, then the Good Guys have won.