Five months ago, I might have said yes, simply because there was such a big edge in the polls for the Democrats on health care.
But now, it doesn't seem so essential for the Republicans to fight fire with fire and have a battle over the details of dueling health care plans.
Yes, the GOP does leave itself open to charges that Republicans are for the status quo.
But right now, the real issue that voters seem to be focusing on is the size, scope and cost of the Obama health plan, and whether Democrats can muster the votes from fellow Democrats to get that approved.
I was speaking with a GOP Congressman about health care strategy the other day. He argued that the GOP needs to be "for" something and not just "against" what President Obama wants to do.
That is an important point. But as I noted, most of the time, the reason one party gets back in power in the Congress is not usually the strength of their ideas, but how many screwups are committed by the party in charge.
So maybe, right now at least, being the "Party of No" might work for the GOP on health care reform.
Republican leaders will certainly have time to think about it, since now both the House and Senate seem headed for health care work after Labor Day, unable to forge a bill before President Obama's original early August deadline.
But here's the one caveat. What if the Senate Finance Committee comes up with a bipartisan bill in coming days, a bill that definitely has some items in it for the GOP? Would that change the dynamic?
It makes for some interesting political maneuvering to say the least.