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June 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Vote: The health-care law || Jon Talton

The Supreme Court mostly upheld the Affordable Care Act, so everything’s settled, right? Hardly. Republicans are running to repeal it. The act itself is a dog’s breakfast of compromises and give-aways to the big insurance and for-profit health-care companies that keep costs here higher than in other advanced nations, while delivering overall inferior outcomes. Tens of millions will still be without coverage.

It’s amazing that other advanced nations have universal care, but America doesn’t. It puts exporters at a disadvantage and prevents healthy labor mobility — millions cling to a job for the health benefits rather than taking the risk of moving to an otherwise more productive job or becoming an entrepreneur. Yet a big portion of the electorate believes “socialized medicine” is immoral and only enables deadbeats. Polls show Obamacare, which is admittedly complex, is not widely supported. The New Yorker has an interesting article here about the difficulty of solving the problem here.

So what comes next?

After the court ruling

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