ACA Fail Fractal
Obamacare: A Lot of Chaos for a Little Payoff
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  • Boritz

    “The public is unlikely to get behind any measures that would take away
    extra income in a time when many households are feeling financially
    squeezed.”

    I’m not sure about the public’s likely behavior but there has been ample coverage of sticker shock that exposes how ACA is a culprit in middle class households feeling financially squeezed — and for worse/unneeded coverage.

    • Jim__L

      Is VM damning with faint praise here, or do they actually believe that there are any worthwhile upsides to ObamaCare?

      I mean come on — “They do not, however, show better health outcomes from that added consumption.” Anyone who believes that statement is true (and it is), would have to be a complete moron to continue to support ACA.

  • free_agent

    I don’t think this article characterizes the situation well. Why the public likes Obamacare is that it reduces the perceived risk of getting sick; people *like* having insurance because they don’t have to fret about whether to get treatment or what it will costs. They’re actually a lot more sensitive to those issues than they are to the long-term adverse effects of their ailments. (Given the number of people who don’t stick to their blood-pressure medication.)

    From the point of view of economics, we should start a new data series “GDP less health-care consumption” as a measure of *useful* output.

    • Jim__L

      This is just like the TSA — it works if it makes people *feel* safer.

      Stupidity.

      • Andrew Allison

        How ’bout: — despite it’s exorbitant costs and complete lack of results . . . As an aside, I’ve come to doubt whether TSA actually makes people feel safer — I for one would rather dispense with the abuse and take my chances.

  • stan

    Given all the lies that Obama has told about every aspect of healthcare, before and after Obamacare, how can we expect the public to make informed decisions about what they want Not one of the Democrat voters I know has an accurate grasp on the facts. The BS on this issue is so deep it threatens to overwhelm.

    A small note on polling and public attitudes — when people learn that they’ve been lied to, attitudes can change. “It ain’t what we don’t know that gets us, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”

  • Jim__L

    “it seems like an awfully convoluted way to put a bit of extra money into Americans’ pockets.” … “They do not, however, show better health outcomes from that added consumption.”

    So you’re saying that ObamaCare takes money from one group of people and gives other people money that DOESN’T DO THEM ANY GOOD?

    This is idiocy. It’s the very definition of inefficiency.

    “Consumer spending is going to be including more health-care spending than in the past,”

    That’s another way of saying more of the US economy is going to be spent on Health Care, a trend that is driving this country into bankruptcy, which is EXACTLY WHAT OBAMACARE WAS SUPPOSED TO CHANGE!

    REPEAL.

    • Ghosts of Benghazi

      Vote buying

  • Corlyss

    Well, someone is getting money from all this. Look at all the Medicaid people they’ve signed on.

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