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thundara  ·  2408 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Report: Obamacare reduced US uninsured from 20% to 13% [pdf]

Sassy response: If you make insurance mandatory, of course you'll see an increased rate of enrollment. It would be nice to see other metrics like reduced overall cost of healthcare or increased rate of preventative treatments. But I don't go searching for that all so I may just be ignorant on this front.





b_b  ·  2408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    It would be nice to see other metrics like reduced overall cost of healthcare or increased rate of preventative treatments.

Has anyone ever studied the impact on healthcare spending of public parks or other zones/projects/spaces that encourage walking or other physical activity? I'll bet it's nontrivial. I would always rather see the government spend $1 on getting people to walk more than $10 helping to pay for diabetes care.

rob05c  ·  2408 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    If you make insurance mandatory

Incentivised isn't quite the same as mandatory. But yes, Classical liberals certainly still have an argument, both ideologically and practically. Assuming one subscribes to their ideology.

    It would be nice to see other metrics like reduced overall cost of healthcare

PolitiFact says healthcare spending is also at record lows, but there's no empirical evidence Obamacare is the cause.