In one of the few policy surprises (health care related or otherwise) in last night's debate, Herman Cain did something none of the other candidates have done, as far as I know: he endorsed a full-fledged health reform plan. Cain went back to a proposal introduced in the last Congress in 2009: the Empowering Patients First Act (H.R. 3400 in that Congress). This was the Republican Study Committee's suggested package of health reforms. Here's the Congressional Research Service summary of its major provisions with a few additional comments from me in blue. Kudos to Cain on hitching his wagon to an actual fleshed-out proposal. Of all the health care proposals the Republicans put forth in the previous Congress, this one isn't my favorite but at least it's a place to begin a conversation.