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March 10th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

GOP health care refusal could backfire

GOP can benefit if health care fails, Julian Zelizer says.

GOP can benefit if health care fails, Julian Zelizer says.

Julian Zelizer
Special to CNN

Most Republicans have opposed President Obama's health care bill from the first day he proposed reform. If the House passes the Senate bill in the next few days, it will probably do so without any Republican support.

In many ways, Republicans can benefit politically from their tough stand against the health care legislation. If the program does not work as expected and proves to be politically unpopular, Republicans can say they warned America. If health care premiums continue to rise and Americans feel that their policies have not been improved, Democrats will be to blame.

Regardless of whether the legislation passes, Republicans can already claim a victory, given that the struggle for legislation has lasted more than a year and tied up the rest of the Democratic agenda.

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