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Pains of health care reform
Monterey Herald

Obamacare is in trouble. The federal website for buying insurance is a disaster, half the states have refused to expand Medicaid, and whether the whole thing will actually save money is still uncertain.

Big as these problems are, however, the project’s potential value is as great as ever, and its odds of success remain high. Bet against it at your peril.

Let’s remember why it was undertaken in the first place. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the United States’s only plausible shot at providing health insurance for all its citizens — something that voters in other advanced economies have long taken entirely for granted. The United States already spends 50 percent more on health care than any other developed country, yet it has the lowest coverage rates and some of the worst health outcomes in the developed world. The status quo is absurdly expensive and outrageously unfair.