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Health economists diagnose the Affordable Care Act

About 1,000 health care economists from around the country descend on Philadelphia this week for the biennial conference of the American Society of Health Economists. Think of it as Woodstock for health geeks who will, over several days, present nearly 550 papers covering insurance, hospital mergers and a host of other issues. Of all those, Obamacare will be the jam that gets played over and over with 78 papers focused on some aspect of the law. We all know the Affordable Care Act is like a song some people love to hate.

But as Republicans in Congress hold hearings to amend the law and Louisiana expands Medicaid, there are signs of change.