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Disagreeing with a Critic of Obamacare

Anne440 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 1:46 PM
It's not just the consumer that might overuse. I have a friend on medi-medi and everytime something expensive is offered she is told take advantage of it it's free. Doctors seem to encourage the over testing and spending even worse than the patient.

Writing for the Washington Post, Robert Samuelson has a column on “The Folly of Obamacare.” This piece criticizes the President’s signature achievement for many good reasons, including increased uncertainty, the negative impact on job creation, rising levels of red ink, and generational unfairness.

I agree with all those complaints, but then Samuelson makes another point that rubbed me the wrong way because he’s complaining about a symptom and overlooking the underlying problem. Here’s what he wrote.

Uncontrolled health spending is the U.S. system’s main problem — and the ACA makes it worse. Spiraling health costs crowd out other government programs and...

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