No, it’s not any economic reason; it’s cold, calculating, politics. In a rare moment of candor, the National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru and Richard Lowry explain the perils of Democratic control of Congress and the presidency: first, the effect on the judiciary, but a close second, putting in place “a national health-insurance program that would irrevocably expand government involvement in the economy and American life, and itself make voters less likely to turn toward conservatism in the future”. I’m not even going to quibble with their mis-use of the term “conservatism”, but come to the point instead. This group hates universal health care for the same reason their predecessors hated the New Deal: it would be immensely popular, to the detriment of their laissez-faire liberal agenda. This is no surprise. Bush said as much when he vetoed S-CHIP. But it’s refreshingly honest, nonetheless.