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Offer credible market-based alternatives to ObamaCare

Opposition to the health-care law is perhaps the one issue that unites all the disparate factions of the Republican party--and for good reason. The law remains extraordinarily unpopular. But, as much as the American people dislike ObamaCare, most are less than enthusiastic about returning to the pre-ObamaCare status quo. It is important, therefore, that Republicans offer their own alternatives for health-care reform.

There are already several such proposals in Congress. But what the Republican candidates for president have to say about the issue will be even more important. In 2010 and 2014, opposition to ObamaCare was a potent weapon in the GOP arsenal. (The party fared less well in 2012, when Mitt Romney was uniquely unsuited to criticize the health-care law.) In 2016, ObamaCare's cost and failures should be a problem for Hillary Clinton. However, this will be a problem for her only if the Republican candidate can offer a credible market-based alternative.

Source: Cato Institute 2015-16 voting recommendation on ObamaCare , Apr 1, 2015

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