Health care for many years was similar to the weather in one respect: It seems everybody wanted to talk about it, but nobody did anything about it.
Then along came the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2009. President Barack Obama's signature legislation, it was the first effort to get more Americans insured. Mitt Romney signed an almost identical law in Massachusetts years earlier. That law is giving many Americans their first chance at adequate medical care.
Now the Republicans, led by Romney, want to move backward and eliminate what they call Obamacare. That would hurt not only individual Americans but the economy as well. Romney has proposed no replacement federal health care law and says the states can do better. But there is little evidence of that, except for the type of plan you might call Romneycare.