Republican Health Care Catharsis?

Ann Coulter on Romneycare

It seems as though Mitt Romney’s apparently inevitable Republican nomination has some pundits rethinking the strengths and weaknesses of the health care plan he helped originate. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when I read that noted blowhard Ann Coulter views “Romneycare” as a “massive triumph for conservative free-market principles”.

In a recent article on Town Hall, Coulter adopted the Romney campaign’s nuanced justification for promoting sound health care policy. Her reasoning is that it makes sense at the state level, but is somehow anti-American if instituted by the federal government. Her second point of contention with “Obamacare” is that the bill had too many pages. Wow.

However, not all right-wingers are on board with Coulter. Timothy Noah of The New Republic responded by dissecting and slamming Coulter in this rant.

While the majority of Republicans still agree with Noah, Coulter’s defection could be a sign of things to come. Her argument is both weak and transparently partisan, and could help open the eyes of conservatives to the qualities of Obama’s health care plan. There’s still a long way to go, but Coulter’s endorsement could be simply one of the first shoes to drop on the road to widespread approval of Obamacare.