ACA Fail Fractal
Three Studies Confirm: ACA Is a Job-Killer
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  • ACA was never intended to make healthcare better. But you have to overpromise if you want to get something like this passed. Otherwise it has no chance of competing against market alternatives.

    • Corlyss

      I think in this case “overpromise is a euphemism for “lie!” Here’s the part that puzzles moi: with all their experience with bureaucrats, how in God’s name could voters EVER have allowed themselves to be so gullible? There were PLENTY of warnings that the outcomes couldn’t possibly be what the Dems were assuring folks they would be.

      • Gene

        You grossly overrestimate the role of rationality in our national life.

        • Corlyss

          Yes. I’ve been told that before. I’m an optimist.

      • Andrew Allison

        The voters didn’t get to participate in the crafting of this monstrosity. Neither did the Republicans in Congress nor. as Pelosi made clear by “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it,” most Democrats. With luck, the latter will pay the price for voting for it in November.

      • Boritz

        Leading up to the 2012 election I heard a realtor interviewed about how he would vote. He said he was voting for Obama because his industry was in terrible straits and Obama had come through with a bail-out that saved his job. This is how typical voters process the data available to them including those plenty of warnings.

  • ljgude

    These articles detailing the progression of accommodations by employers, providers, patients and insurance companies are useful in that they show just how far reaching the disruptions to all the players actually are. But they have to be understood with the knowledge that the US had the world’s most expensive medical system – twice the OECD average – going into the ACA. It has been suggested previously on AI that healthcare costs have already risen from 16% of GDP to 17% while the ACA itself limits the increase to 17.5% by 2017. So under this increased cost pressure the players are ducking and diving. More part time workers, more companies with less than 50 employees. More consumers making employment decisions that will qualify them for significant subsidies. Insurance companies cutting deals with providers while increasing deductibles etc. Everyone passing the baby. It just isn’t clear exactly how it will work out, but like with the housing bubble all the shortfalls will work their way through the system until they become part of the national debt.

    • dan

      Liberals used to focus on “root causes”–what were the causes for those climbing costs? Was it because the cost of healthcare was hidden through the insurance system? If so, then reforming that system would be a solution, and forcing people to buy insurance (so that they would use more services) would not be.

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