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Ramesh Ponnuru

Welcome to the New Health-Care Debate

Why it’s good for Republicans and bad for conservatives.

Easy to attack, harder to supplant. 

Easy to attack, harder to supplant. 

Photographer: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

America’s health-care debate is entering a new phase. Liberals, inspired by self-described socialists such as Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative-to-be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are excited about the possibility of “Medicare for All.” Republicans have at the same time largely abandoned efforts to enact major reforms of health care.

This new phase of the debate is full of opportunity for Republicans, and peril for conservatives.