Diana Furchtgott-Roth: How to Fix the Affordable Care Act In 2013

Whoever wins the presidential election, changes in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are imperative to correct problems in four areas: coverage of low-income people, adverse selection, hiring of low-skill, low-wage workers, and discouraging doctors’ practice of medicine.

Romney has promised to repeal the ACA if elected. Even if the Republican Party wins control of both houses of Congress, Romney and the GOP may consider retaining some provisions of the bill.

In September, Romney said, “Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like.”

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