Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein hits the nail on the head in his column entitled CPAC emblematic of why conservatives lost health care debate:
If you want to understand why proponents of limited government keep losing the health care debate, look no further than this year’s upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference.
Over the past several years, as the debate over President Obama’s national health care law was raging, the largest annual gathering of conservatives held regular panel discussions on the topic. Not this year. Laura Rigas, a spokeswoman for the American Conservative Union (which runs CPAC), confirmed to me that although “health care and the associated budget-busting costs at the federal and state level will be addressed in a number of panels,” there would be no panel dedicated exclusively to the health care issue.
“Obamacare was obviously huge over the past couple of years, but Obamacare is done,” Rigas explained.
Done. It’s precisely this attitude — by no means exclusive to CPAC — that has crippled the advancement of conservative health care solutions for decades.
Klein correctly asserts that CPAC is ”a reflection of the pulse of the conservative movement.” This year CPAC has no panel discussion on Obamacare or healthcare, a hot issue in the past few years. After the recent healthcare debate reached its climax when the Supreme Court wrongfully declared Obamacare constitutional, it appears conservatives have reverted to a pre-Obamacare state. After losing a fight as big as that, you would think a lesson would have been learned. But, as Klein also noted, conservatives only seem care about healthcare when Democrats are actively attempting to “do something” about it. Such an attitude is disheartening because it means the next healthcare fight may have already been lost. It also means conservatives are always on the defensive with healthcare.
Healthcare isn’t the only panel discussion CPAC is missing. I, too, examined the CPAC 2013 schedule and there are exactly zero panel discussions on poverty, charity, welfare, or community involvement – all of which are important issues to a majority of Americans. I did not check past CPAC schedules, but it is a safe bet the results are similar. Considering the level of disinterest in these crucial topics, Conservatives should not be surprised we are perceived as uncaring by most of America. We only seem to care when the left attempts to make a radical change that will push America in the worst direction. I emphatically believe conservatives do care about these topics, but we have some comfort zone expansion to do.
If the right is to have any hope of becoming a permanent majority, we must learn to enthusiastically embrace issues outside of our comfort zone. These issues we’re ignoring are just waiting to have conservative principles applied to them We need social entrepreneurs seeking and finding solutions. If we do the leg work and show we care, we will win the hearts of the people and the confidence to enact those solutions.
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