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Ramesh Ponnuru

Rubio's Responsible Rebuttal to Trumpcare

He's the only Republican candidate who can say what might replace Obamacare.
Moving beyond Obamacare.

Moving beyond Obamacare.

Photographer: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

None of the remaining Republican presidential candidates has a detailed health-care plan. The one who has done the most to outline an agenda, Senator Marco Rubio, is still a bit lighter on those details even than Barack Obama was when he ran in 2008. But Rubio is at least on the right track, while the other candidates are wandering aimlessly, refusing to say where they would go, or headed in the wrong direction.

In the recent past, Donald Trump has said that he would repeal Obamacare but put in place a new system where the government would pay to make sure that everyone had health care. Costs would come down as a Trump-led government drove a hard bargain with providers. It sounded like Obamacare with even more micromanagement by the federal government.