Obamacare’s Long-Term Virtue: Comprehensive Coverage

Acknowledging Obamacare’s flaws, Noam Scheiber argues that the law is on an ultimate path to a desirable healthcare system for all.

“This whole Obamacare adventure can feel a little hopeless. But when you look at the big picture, the underlying political logic is clearly toward more generous, more comprehensive coverage over time.”

“The basic point is that, by pooling millions of people together in one institutional home—the exchanges where customers buy insurance under Obamacare—the Affordable Care Act is creating an organized constituency for additional reform. And since threadbare coverage is the only affordable option under Obamacare for many of these people, the law is giving them a whole set of grievances to get exercised about.”

Scheiber concludes: “Flawed as Obamacare is, it has at least one great virtue: laying the groundwork for its own fixing.”

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