We agree with some of the GOP presidential candidates on at least one thing: it’s nearly impossible to convey a coherent policy position on health reform (and what they would “replace” the Affordable Care Act with) in 30 seconds.
That said, my guess is that they are actually helped by the reduced time. I would imagine that after a few minutes, the limits of their “markets good, government bad” rhetoric would be clear. Health care in particular is full of market failures that need to be remedied by public policy.
Here’s Kaiser Health News’ summary of last night’s CNBC debate of the Republican Presidential candidates: