Callous About Health Care?

Here's a simple test for Republican candidates to show whether they have real solutions to the health-care crisis or are just paying lip service

Illustration by Dave Wheeler for TIME

Republicans hate it when Liberals call them callous on health care--though when President George W. Bush says he'll veto Congress's boost in Uncle Sam's popular kids'-health plan and tells the uninsured to stop whining since they can go to the emergency room, you can see why folks might get that impression. Mitt Romney recently got a taste for why polls show health care topping voters' concerns when, while he was stumping in a New Hampshire diner, a self- described working-class waitress with three sick children kept upbraiding the polished multimillionaire for not feeling her pain.

Even when conservatives offer a decent...

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