Lest you forget that the Republican House majority in D.C. is about to vote tomorrow in favor of its "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act," the White House arranged today for Washington Governor Christine Gregoire and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to get on the phone with some reporters to talk about...
Why repealing health care reform is a terrible idea.
"Repealing this law would be a huge mistake," Sebelius said. "Across the country, more than a million young adults would lose the coverage they can now get through their parents health care plans."
There are plenty of other potential losses from a health care repeal, and you can find some of them here, but the big question is: Why not just ignore the House vote since the Senate, which is still controlled by Democrats, will never endorse a repeal?
Sebelius suggested that it was too good an opportunity to miss. "The move in Congress to put repeal on the agenda gives us an opportunity to remind people what they will lose," she said.
Gregoire said it was also necessary to speak up in order reassure people who might not know that the Republicans' repeal effort has no chance. "We're taking 900,000 seniors," Gregoire said, citing a number specific to Washington State, "and putting fear at their doorstep when there's no need to do so."