11:47 AM, Dec 4, 2008 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
You got the feeling at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver that if Barack Obama were to win the White House, his party's first domestic policy priority would be universal health insurance. The financial crisis has changed that somewhat; now universal health care is Obama's number two domestic policy priority. Philip Klein helpfully explains why it will be much harder for conservatives to defeat Obamacare than it was to defeat HillaryCare:
The roughly $8 trillion the Bush administration has obligated so far to rescue the global financial system also makes it more likely that Obama will get some version of his universal health care plan. While such a plan will be expensive, and will likely grow only far more expensive in the future, the initial costs will pale in comparison to the trillions of dollars Bush and Paulson have poured into Wall Street.
Meanwhile, Obama's centrist economic and national security teams have the left feeling some buyer's remorse. To satisfy the left, Obama is likely to make a strong push for health care next year, as well as hand them the keys to the Labor Department, EPA, and all the various humanities programs (NEA, NEH, etc.). Our national checkup with Dr. Daschle is about due.