Bill Kristol’s 1993 Memo Calling For GOP To Block Health Care Reform

Greg Sargeant over at The Plum Line has gotten his hands on a memo Bill Kristol wrote to his party in 1993, urging them to oppose Bill Clinton’s health care plan because – well – it might work. And then all the newly healthy people might like government and see that it could actually do something good for them. Ben Smith summarizes the long memo:

The memo warns that a successful Clinton plan could badly damage the GOP by improving Americans’ relationship with government, and makes the case for total, uncompromising opposition based on what would become the “Harry and Louise” campaign, focused on the damage the changes could do to citizens’ relationships with their doctors.

The only way that the plan would improve America’s relationship with government would be if it worked. Think about that. The GOP ultimately opposed major legislation that would have benefited every American because the legislation might have actually worked. You don’t just see parallels to today’s Republican party, they’re doing exactly the same thing. The GOP is terrified that Obama agenda, from the stimulus plan to health care reform, might actually work. Then Americans would see that – surprise – government can work for the people. And where would we be then, if our government actually started making a positive difference in our lives? Better to vote Republican and ensure that never happens.


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