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Forget the ACA. We Need Real Health-Care Reform.
The Wall Street Journal

Obamacare is the law of the land. But the hopes of many that its passage would usher in transformative change in the U.S. health-care market–solving the problems of cost, access and quality—are dissipating. This is entirely apart from the ineptitude of the law’s initial implementation, which has added to public confusion and waning confidence in the leaders and legislators who promoted it. Unfortunately, even if the exchanges worked as promised, the ACA leaves in place the core dysfunctional elements of our health-care system, thereby failing to deliver true reform, as I suggested in two articles written in 2009. An employment-based, tax-subsidized insurance system coupled with poorly designed federal Medicare and Medicaid programs promote overspending on health care of inadequate quality with unsatisfactory health outcomes.