The Future of the American Right

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Today, it’s all about repeal. But tomorrow? Just look north at the founding principles of the Conservative Party of Canada:

A belief that all Canadians should have reasonable access to quality health care regardless of their ability to pay;

Or perhaps you prefer the policy agenda of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom:

Over three years ago David Cameron spelled out his priorities in three letters – NHS. Since then, we have consistently fought to protect the values the NHS stands for and have campaigned to defend the NHS from Labour’s cuts and reorganisations.

As the party of the NHS, we will never change the idea at the heart of our NHS – that healthcare in this country is free at the point of use and available to everyone based on need, not ability to pay.

The transitional step we’ll need to take in the United States, however, is something that blurs the lines between the system the Affordable Care Act sets up for Americans under-65 and the Medicare system operating for those 65 and older. Maybe that will take the form of a Medicare buy-in for younger Americans. Maybe it will take the form of voucherizing Medicare, so that seniors buy private insurance on the ACA exchanges. Maybe both will happen.