Over at The Washington Monthly, Kevin Drum sees the seeds of a sea change in the universal health care debate. Following Mitt Romney's lead in creating a universal health care system for Massachussetts, Ahnold has put forth a proposal to insure all California children, as part of a broader shift to insure every person in the state.
Democrats should understand what this means: (a) universal healthcare is no longer some lefty fringe notion, and (b) the plans from Schwarzenegger and Massachussetts' Mitt Romney are now the starting point for any serious healthcare proposal. Any proposal coming out of a Democratic policy shop should be, at a minimum, considerably more ambitious than what's on offer from these two Republicans.
I don't hold out much hope for the 110th congress, but the fact that John Edwards has made universal healthcare a centerpiece of his campaign suggests that the ghosts of "Hillarycare" no longer seem so scary compared to our current, monstrous healthcare debacle.
Raising an interesting question. Would a President HR Clinton still be too snakebit from 1993 to push for universal coverage in 2009?