Guiding Principles

Patrick Ruffini thinks that Republicans  "have been seriously outgunned" on health care policy:

On economics, you always know what the conservative answer is: tax cuts and generally hands-off regulatory policies to spur economic growth...On health care, I have no idea what our basic guiding principle is. Seriously, I don't. 

We have tried ineffectively to stretch free market rhetoric to health care without appreciating that health care is already too far removed from a free market for the analogy to make sense. Real markets are sensitive to price. Health care isn't. The insurance companies hide the cost of actual care from the consumer.

And that couldn't have been pointed out, say, eight months ago?