The GOP approach to health-care reform seems to be the product of desperation mated with audacity.
As we’ve already noted, they don’t have a plan. They’ve spent the last seven years telling the American people that they had a plan that would provide even better health insurance at even cheaper prices to even more people, but without ever bothering to devise such a plan or even anything that could plausibly be sold as such a plan.
Their dilemma is simple: Any plan ambitious enough to keep 20 million Americans on health insurance is far too ambitious for Republicans in Congress to support. And almost every element of the type of plan that conservatives would support — much higher deductibles, taxes on employer-provided health insurance, the gutting of Medicaid, the privatization of Medicare — would be deeply unpopular with the American people.