October 31, 2013
THE SECOND WAY OR THE THIRD?:
On Health Care, A Time For Choosing (Pete Spiliakos, 10/31/13, First Things)
Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2013 6:28 PMThe pre-Obamacare status quo is gone and recedes a little more every day. Conservatives have an opportunity to appeal to both the rising pro-health care reform electorate and the Republican-leaning base that already hates Obamacare.That means convincing members of the rising electorate that conservatives have plans that will provide catastrophic health care coverage to working families. It means explaining that catastrophic health insurance provides the health benefits of insurance at lower cost. It means explaining to members of the rising electorate that conservatives have policies to help people with pre-existing conditions. It means explaining to the existing conservative electorate that market-oriented reforms are authentically conservative. Market-oriented health care reform would make it easier to repeal Obamacare, make it harder to impose single-payer, and cost the government less money than alternative health care proposals.Conservatives do not have to be a dwindling band futilely trying to reenact the victories of an earlier generation. Conservatives can write a new chapter in their story. To win the domestic political battles of our time, conservatives need to advance the ideas of health care wonks like James Capretta and Avik Roy with all the enthusiasm they once showed for Milton Friedman.