‘HEALTH CARE REFORM IS A JOBS BILL’…. This week, it’s been frustratingly common to see congressional Democrats who believe they can’t win a policy argument on health care reform — despite being right on the merits.

It was encouraging, then, to see Rep. Paul Hodes (D), running for the Senate in New Hampshire, emphasize a point that’s gone largely overlooked — health care reform is critical to job growth.

“I’ve been very, very straightforward with the folks in New Hampshire about the importance of substantial health care reform. We’ve got to have lower costs, [increase] quality and putting the folks of New Hampshire and this country back in control of their health care, instead of the health insurance companies,” Hodes said.

“And health care reform is a jobs bill, and that’s what I’ve been telling the folks all over the state that I’ve been talking to, and they get it here. Small business is big business in New Hampshire and small businesses in New Hampshire are getting pummeled by double-digit premium costs going up every year. They can’t afford it. They know we need health care reform, and I’m finding a lot of fertile ground because people get that health care reform is a jobs bill, especially for small business.”

More of this, please.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.