From Friday’s Wall Street Journal:
REPUBLICANS RATE health care behind immigration as top domestic issue, according to new Kaiser poll; it was the top domestic concern among Democrats and independents. Respondents split on whether 2008 candidaes should focus more on the uninsured (32%) or on reducing costs (31%).
Of course, to listen to the current 2008 chatter, you’d think it was the 1980s and that Americans are really just pining for a carbon copy of Ronald Reagan. Truth be told, I wish that were true, but it isn’t.
So if we actually want to address voters’ concerns, rather than our own, let’s look at the options. By my count, we’ve got one presidential candidate who has become a leader on health care reform by working with the gold standard in free-market groups, the Heritage Foundation. That’s Governor Romney.
We’ve also got one candidate who has never met a mainstream media plaudit he didn’t like–Senator McCain–and we all know how much the MSM loves free-market reform. And we’ve got two others (Mayor Giuliani and Senator Thompson) who, to my knowledge, haven’t done much to reform health care, plus one candidate (Governor Huckabee) who seems to think it’s the government’s job to make sure nobody’s fat. ‘Nuff said. And then, of course, on the other side of the aisle, we’ve got a slew of Democrats who’ve never met a government takeover they didn’t like.
If Republicans want to win on this issue, I think the course of action is clear.