29 June 2015

The New York Times: “Hooray for Obamacare”

Put all these things together, and what you have is a portrait of policy triumph — a law that, despite everything its opponents have done to undermine it, is achieving its goals, costing less than expected, and making the lives of millions of Americans better and more secure.

Now, you might wonder why a law that works so well and does so much good is the object of so much political venom — venom that is, by the way, on full display in Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissenting opinion, with its rants against interpretive jiggery-pokery. But what conservatives have always feared about health reform is the possibility that it might succeed, and in so doing remind voters that sometimes government action can improve ordinary Americans’ lives.

Paul Krugman

Glad to see the U.S. is taking steps to catch up with the rest of the developed world.

US health expenditure per capita 2010
The U.S. devotes far more of its economy — 17.6 percent of GDP in 2010 — to health than any other OECD country. via PBS

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