Do Republicans Need A Healthcare Plan?

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 9 2011 @ 10:05am

Ezra Klein thinks that, on healthcare policy, the GOP "is going to have to be able to agree on something, because their presidential nominee is going to have to have a plan of his or her own." Bernstein differs:

Platforms, especially in the form of detailed plans, are most needed for supporters, not opponents (who aren't interested) or swing voters (who are mostly low-information voters, and therefore also not interested). That is, swing voters, to the extent they want anything, want rhetoric. Partisans want details; they actually want and expect something to happen on certain issues, and therefore they really care about what the politicians they support plan to do. So one way you can tell whether a party really cares about something is by seeing whether their nominees are "forced" to developed serious policy proposals.

… The real question on this one is whether there's any pressure within the GOP coalition to develop a real health care plan, and it sure seems to me that there isn't.