Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Hurray for Health Reform

Krugman on the ACA:
Can such a system work? It's already working! Massachusetts enacted a very similar reform six years ago - yes, while Mitt Romney was governor. Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who played a key role in developing both the local and the national reforms (and has published an illustrated guide to reform) has surveyed the results - and finds that Romneycare is working pretty much as advertised. The number of people without insurance has dropped sharply, the quality of care hasn't suffered, and the program's cost has been very close to
initial projections.
 Oh, and the budgetary cost per newly insured resident of Massachusetts was actually lower than the projected cost per American insured by the Affordable Care Act.
 Given this evidence, what's a virulent opponent of reform to do? The answer is, make stuff up.

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