With the House poised to vote this week on the repeal of the health law, there has been a flurry of commentary regarding what is at stake. So, in the interest of dispassionate evaluation, let us step back for one moment and review the situation.
The health law’s shortcomings in controlling health care costs and damage to the federal budget outlook are understood. But the economic consequences of greater uncertainty and reduced innovation are only now becoming clear.
The Democratic health reform bills are riddled with contradictions and fiscal gimmicks
With the right leadership, a bi-partisan merger of the Republican alternative and the coverage expansions in the bill itself could have been augmented with real delivery system reforms.