I think Josh is right about how history will read the Health Insurance Reform bill vote tonight.
But I found it interesting to go back to Bill Kristol's infamous memo in 1994 and see what he proposed the Republicans do to prevent Clinton achieving reform 16 long years ago. Stopping reform then and not fixing the areas that needed fixing (as he acknowledged even then needed fixing) did more to destroy the "finest health care system in the world" than Clinton's plan ever could have done even in Kristol's darkest dreams. The system ruled by greed cannibalized itself over those years, destroying the lives of millions in the meantime. And today no one but the reality-impaired could say with a straight face that the country didn't have a health care crisis.
And as David Frum said about the chances of repeal:
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?
Sounds like something the Democrats can run on in November.