Rove Implies We Don't Need Health Care Reform

August 03, 2009 1:44 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today, former Bush adviser Karl Rove tweeted:

New from @rasmussenreports 48% of US voters now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent. http://tinyurl.com/kohgq6 #TCOT #SGP

The link goes to Rasmussen poll showing that confidence in the U.S. health care system is increasing due to a sudden change of heart from Republican voters.

Presumably, Rove is touting the poll results as evidence that major health care reform is unnecessary -- a stance that contradicts the current Republican line. 

Last week, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) repeatedly asserted that the current state of U.S. health care is "unacceptable." Similarly, Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) said, "Everybody recognizes we must get rid of the present system." And of course, don't forget GOP pollster Frank Luntz's memo stating that Republicans must "[a]cknowledge the 'crisis' or suffer the consequences."

This isn't the first time Rove has gone rogue on this particular subject.  In June, he argued in the Wall Street Journal that the American health care system isn't really in crisis.  "Mr. Obama's trashing of American health care as 'a broken system' that must be brought 'into the 21st century' doesn't resonate with most Americans," he wrote.  "They are happy about their health care, doctor and hospital."    

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