August 19, 2015
By Henry Olson
Two leading Republican presidential candidates, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, recently released concept papers that promise to provide “all Americans” with government-subsidized access to health insurance. This is a monumental development for both the campaign and for the conservative movement, one that breathes Ronald Reagan’s soul into the Republican nomination fight.
This is not easily noticed on first glance. Both concept papers couch their proposals in the language of repealing and replacing Obamacare. This priority, music that soothes the party’s base, is proper: nothing consistent with conservative principles can be done to improve American health care until the present Obamanation is torn out root and branch.
The key challenge, however, has always been what to do once the monster is killed. Answering this challenge requires conservatives to deeply ponder their principles to determine exactly why they opposed Obamacare in the first place. That, it turns out, is not an easy question to answer.
Read the full article at RealClearPolitics.com: Walker, Rubio Health Plans Renew Reaganism for Our Age