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Live Free -- And Uninsured

Dan107 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 11:49 AM
What will turn out to be the worst effect of Obamacare will be the loss of research into medical innovation by private companies. Why would they spend billions of dollars to research and develop cures? Why would the government spend billions to research and develop cures when the medical board bureaucrats determine that the end of life pain pill is so much cheaper? Good bye quality of life...

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), NPR's "Talk of the Nation" held a seminar of sorts at the Aspen Institute's legendarily pretentious Ideas Festival. Someone in the audience asked NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner this question: "Today's decision is a positive decision for the estimated 50 million uninsured Americans. Who are the losers today?"

Rovner seemed to struggle to find losers. She came up with insurance companies that want the so-called individual mandate -- now a punitive tax, according to the Supreme Court -- to be much more punitive. After thinking...