Since when is Republican health care "universal"?
Emphasizing "universal access" also lets the GOP sound equally ambitious while quietly reframing the debate. "By setting the bar at access, they're trying to define the problem in a way that the solution is something minor rather than something major," says Anthony Wright of Health Access California.
Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.
Photograph of House Minority Leader John Boehner by Win McNamee/Getty Images.