Who in his right mind would be against health insurance for every child in Illinois?
Certainly none of the politicians, health care providers, labor unions and special interests that in 2005 so enthusiastically bought into then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's All Kids program. Certainly not tens of thousands of illegal immigrants, the major beneficiaries of the program. From Citizen Action/Illinois to the Illinois Hospital Association, from the Chicago Teachers Union to the Peruvian Cultural Center, they all hailed it as some kind of nirvana.
They were wrong. Now, five years later, All Kids has turned into just another government botch of a program that has failed to meet expectations. Except for its costs. Those, of course, wildly exceeded expectations. And helped state finances circle the drain.
If we do manage to get ObamaCare repealed, which the American people continue to reject in increasing numbers, and/or the Supreme Court rules against it, we can go back to the drawing board. I'm all for states experimenting with what works, but let's remember these cautionary tales. Add Tennessee and Hawaii to the list.
This is an issue for 2010 and beyond.
And seniors vote in disproportionate numbers. All across America.