New Paper: Massachusetts Shows Federal Reform Headed For Trouble

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Health reform in the Bay State has increased demand without increasing
the supply of health care providers, it continues to keep people in the
dark about the true cost of health care and health insurance, and has
not changed incentives for people to seek more affordable options or for
a truly competitive marketplace. Washington’s health overhaul law has
the same structural flaws. When President Obama told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd
in an interview last week that his new health reform law “not only makes
sure everybody has access to coverage but is reducing costs,” the quote
was evocative of Romney’s promise. Washington’s reform effort doesn’t
even pretend to achieve universal coverage, and Massachusetts’
experience shows the near impossibility of containing costs in a system
where incentives go in exactly the opposite direction.

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Health reform in the Bay State has increased demand without increasing
the supply of health care providers, it continues to keep people in the
dark about the true cost of health care and health insurance, and has
not changed incentives for people to seek more affordable options or for
a truly competitive marketplace. Washington’s health overhaul law has
the same structural flaws. When President Obama told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd
in an interview last week that his new health reform law “not only makes
sure everybody has access to coverage but is reducing costs,” the quote
was evocative of Romney’s promise. Washington’s reform effort doesn’t
even pretend to achieve universal coverage, and Massachusetts’
experience shows the near impossibility of containing costs in a system
where incentives go in exactly the opposite direction.

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