We have repeatedly criticized Democrats in this space for not offering a long-term plan to reform entitlements and balance the budget. Their cynical strategy is to avoid doing anything, so as to keep a free hand to attack Ryan’s budget proposal. And that is quite similar to what Republicans are doing on health care — offering vows to repeal Obamacare as a substitute for real health care solutions.

Even if Obamacare is wiped off the books entirely, America’s health care system will remain as dysfunctional as it was before the bill passed. Conservatives must not shy away from fixing it the right way, or else Democrats will surely pass another misguided, government-based health care bill within a generation. Skyrocketing medical costs must be fixed over the next several decades if there is ever any hope of reining in entitlement spending and putting the nation on a sustainable fiscal course.