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November 16, 2013

Editorial: There's more wrong with Obamacare than some broken websites


The Obamacare debacle speaks no better of Republicans, who have been unable to convince the public that what the pitchmen on the other side of the aisle are selling is nothing but snake oil. They have further been unable to convince the electorate to choose limited government and free markets over statist offerings. There’s nothing wrong with the product; it’s the sales force that is failing.

There’s far more wrong with Obamacare than some poorly designed websites, for the program itself is truly snake oil. It is based on the simplistic notion that something of value can be had for little or no cost. In the real world, there are no “free” condoms or birth control pills or mammograms or any of the other wondrous promises in Obamacare. Someone is paying for those products or services. Eventually, those getting the bills figure ways to beat the system.

The success of Obamacare depends on the young and healthy signing up for insurance in sufficient numbers to subsidize the costs of the old and sick. But the young and healthy may neither want nor be able to afford insurance. Paying the penalties for noncompliance may be the wise option. The few who do get sick can simply sign up for insurance when they need it. The ban on rejection of coverage for pre-existing conditions makes that easy.

Count on hearing about more Obamacare woes, even after the exchange websites are fixed. The best solution now would be to scrap the Affordable Care Act altogether in favor of a bipartisan solution that targets specific problems in the health insurance market while leaving Americans free to choose the coverage they want and can afford.

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