When Hillary Clinton proposed a government-run, single- payer system to solve our health care crisis, Republicans responded by proposing a private insurance system based on an individual mandate. Governor Romney then adopted this insurance proposal for Massachusetts with great success. It was the conservative approach based on the free market and designed to save taxpayers from out-of-control health care costs. That plan was the basis for the Affordable Care Act; ObamaCare.
Conservatives hate big government, almost as much as they dislike big government deficits. Their plan attacked both problems. Private insurance companies ran the system and made a profit. Out-of-control health care costs were curbed.