Jackson Diehl in the Washington Post today:
So Obama hasn’t strayed far from Karl Rove’s playbook for routing the opposition. But surely, you say, he’s planning nothing as divisive or as risky as the Iraq war? Well, that’s where the health-care plan comes in: a $634 billion (to begin) “historic commitment,” as Obama calls it, that (like the removal of Saddam Hussein) has lurked in the background of the national agenda for years. We know from the Clinton administration that any attempt to create a national health-care system will touch off an enormous domestic battle, inside and outside Congress. If anything, Obama has raised the stakes by proposing no funding source other than higher taxes on wealthy Americans, allowing Republicans to raise the cries of “socialism” and “class warfare.”
The Iraq war will cost as much as $3 trillion, so about five times as much as Obama’s health care plan. Bush brought the country to war with Iraq under false pretenses, by suggesting a connection with Al Qaeda and claiming there were WMD, whereas the health care crisis — specifically the fact that about 50 million Americans do not have health insurance — is chronically underestimated, probably because most reporters do have health insurance.
This may be the dumbest comparison I have ever read anywhere.