"I don't think conservative health care reform is about, we're going to compete with [the left] in terms of how many people we see have an [insurance] care," he said. "That not the ultimate goal." He later elaborated, "If we start with the premise that we've gotta give every single person a card, and that's the only way we can be successful, we're done. We've adopted their metric of success...if the metric of success is gonna be which plan can say 'we've given people more cards,' they always win. Because they will always spend more, they will always disrupt more."... He also put it this way: "I do think it's a mistake if we argue we can't take back what Obama has already given."
Points for candor are due. As this blog tediously documented, Republicans have long played a very clever game on the Affordable Care Act. They have regularly claimed that of course they are for repealing that hated thing they call "Obamacare." But the same time, they've carefully left the impression that even if Republicans get their way, people will somehow be able to keep components of it they like, such as the coverage guarantee — an impression they've created by openly supporting the law's key goals or dangling the possibility of some phantom GOP alternative that would do the same thing. Jindal, refreshingly, suggests Republicans should be willing to admit they support "taking back what Obama has already given."