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Obamacare’s Broken Promises

Consumer Power Report #440 With the upcoming second round of enrollment for Obamacare, let’s check on a few of the promises that sold the health care law to the American people. That if you liked your plan, you could keep it: People who already bought health insurance through Obamacare will likely face another round of confusing technical issues as they try to reenroll for a second year. The health care law’s second open-enrollment period begins Nov. 15. And by almost all accounts, HealthCare....

Health Care’s Inequality Problem

Consumer Power Report #439 One of the underestimated aspects of Obamacare’s impact on the economy is the effect it’s had in driving inequality. Health care costs in particular have contributed to rising economic inequality in recent years, as Mark Warshawsky of the Mercatus Center and Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute detail in this piece at The Wall Street Journal: “[T]he more we spend on health care the more unequal Americans’ incomes become.” Most employers pay workers a...

The Challenge of Hospital Mergers

Consumer Power Report #438 An underlying issue that has received little attention in the Right’s objections to the Affordable Care Act is its effect of driving further consolidation and hospital mergers. By eliminating patient choices, hospital mergers often establish local monopolies, weaken accountability for low-quality care, and drive up the prices patients, insurers, and taxpayers are forced to pay for medical services. The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece by Kenneth Davis,...

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