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The Public Option: An Obamacare Fix That Won't Fix Anything

Avik Roy has an article at Vox about how liberals dismissed criticisms of Obamacare while it was being debated, only to have those criticisms vindicated later. In passing, he also writes about the resurgence of progressive support for a “public option”: Instead of reconsidering the ACA’s thicket of costly and contradictory regulations, the law’s cheerleaders remain romantically attached to the unlikely notion that a “public option”could lower premiums — unlikely because it would only succeed if the government-run insurer paid doctors and hospitals far less than private insurers do, and forced providers to accept those lower rates.
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