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Krauthammer: Democrats Will Continue To Lose Debate Over Health Care

Bill O’Reilly: The vote to repeal ObamaCare should take place tomorrow in the House, and the Democrats are furious.

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O'Reilly:The Affordable Care Act is ObamaCare. Joining us now from Washington is Fox News political analyst Charles Krauthammer. So, what did you think of that spot, first of all, Charles?

Charles Krauthammer: Well, it works on somebody who thinks that those two provisions are all that are in a bill of 2,300 pages. The problem is that most Americans know that there's a lot else in there. That’s why the Democrats have lost the debate for the last year and a half. That’s why they’re going to continue to lose the debate over the next two years. They know that the price for those goodies is a trillion dollars of new spending, 138 or so new commissions and regulators getting between you and your doctor, 100,000 pages of new regulation and, essentially, a federal government takeover of a sixth of the U.S. economy. That’s a high price to pay for a couple of goodies which you could get without any of that.

O’Reilly: OK. Now the Affordable Health Care legislation -- that’s what the side that likes ObamaCare is branding it, because they’re trying to say –- and the argument has been made, the CBO, we’ve all heard all that –- that it will bring down health care costs, which is of concern to every American. So, is that a smart tactic?

Krauthammer: I think it can’t work for the reason it didn't work for the last year and a half. People are not stupid. If people say, “We’re passing a bill that is going to expand coverage to 33 million Americans who haven’t had it, and this is going to reduce the deficit,” they know you’re talking out of your hat or that you’ve jiggled the numbers in such a way as to make it look like that. The argument against this deficit reduction is so clear, is so obvious, so easy to make, if Republicans can’t make it, they don’t deserve to be the opposition.

O’Reilly: OK. Now, we assume it will pass the House handily tomorrow. And then it goes over to the Senate. Now the Senate has some vulnerable senators like Ben Nelson in Nebraska, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, so it’s likely they'll pick up a couple of Democratic votes to repeal ObamaCare. I’m going to ask you to make a prediction here. What is going to happen in the Senate?

Krauthammer: I think the repeal will not come out of the Senate. If the Republicans are smart, what they'll do is pass in the House the repeal they know won’t pass in the Senate. However, I think what they ought to do after that is to pass repeal of one provision, the individual mandate, which people hate. They don’t like the idea of being forced to enter into a private contract with an insurer by the federal government. I think you’ve got enough Democrats in the Senate, like McCaskill, and like the others -- there are 23 Democrats who have to be re-elected in 2012, and a lot of them are in red states. You could get a majority on that. Now, of course, it’s not going to get enough to override a veto. But the whole purpose of this –- nobody expects that ObamaCare will be repealed in the next two years. But it will be one of the major issues in the presidential election, and that I think is what it ought to be.

O’Reilly: Right, because the president will veto anything that comes through.

Krauthammer: Exactly. In the end, he’ll defend it.

O’Reilly: He has to. So you say that the Senate on this vote will vote straight up or down? Or it won’t even come up for a vote?

Krauthammer: I think there will be a filibuster, which will be ironic, and it will be Democrats, the ones who've been screaming --

O’Reilly: But that will hurt the Democratic Party even more.

Krauthammer: It will expose them as hypocrites. But, in the end, here’s the deal. When Clinton was re-elected, he had the virtue, he had the benefit of having health care reform that didn’t succeed. It had failed in the first two years. The albatross was gone. He didn’t have to defend it in his re-election. Obama has a problem. It passed. There’s no way to escape it. It’s now entering into law. It is, it should be, it will be one of the major issues of his re-election. And that ought to decide –- an issue of that size – a presidential election.

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