Because it’s somewhat likely that the health care challenges reach them during the thick of this campaign season. And there’s also a pretty good chance the Court overturns health care reform. (If anyone gets all certain in front of you that there’s no way in hell this will happen, the proper counterargument is this: there is no precedent for Congress to force people to pay money for something under the commerce clause, and this combined with our activist/conservative Court creates the right environment for them to strike it down. I know, servicey! I try.)
But so what happens if that happens? How many Tea Party voters stay home because they think they’ve won the battle, and no longer care to vote for whatever joke wins the GOP nomination? And what does that do to down-ticket candidates?
And what happens when Barack Obama is a second-term President with no more care for re-election, who no longer has the middle ground option for health care reform available to him, and who subsequently must choose between doing nothing or taking another shot at it, with the only option for such second go being something more Medicare-y. (I know, that started as a question.)
What I’m saying is, we should all hope health care reform gets overturned, preferably in October-surprise style, because there’s a decent chance it forces us to actually socialize medicine, the real way, and helps create the right environment for that to happen.