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Posted at 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2013
Kimberly Morgan explains why we should not be surprised that the online health insurance exchanges created under President Obama’s health care reform law are facing so many early problems.
“The real source of Obamacare’s current problems lies in the law’s complexity. A straightforward way to assure coverage would have been to extend an existing, well-worn program to more people. This is how most other countries guarantee health insurance.”
“In the United States, political antipathy to government programs precludes this kind of straightforward administrative solution. Faced with such hostility, policymakers regularly rig up complex public-private, and often federal-state, arrangements that are opaque to the public, difficult to administer, and inefficient in their operation.”