Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Just let everyone buy insurance! Problem solved!

It's unwise to rely on media accounts of legal issues, but this report on the 11th Circuit oral arguments on the PPACA does not sound promising:
Hull also seemed skeptical about the government's claim that the mandate was crucial to covering the 50 million or so uninsured Americans. She said the rolls of the uninsured could be pared significantly through other parts of the package, including expanded Medicare discounts for some seniors and a change that makes it easier for those with pre-existing medical conditions to get coverage. Dubina nodded as she spoke.
Uh, yeah, and how are you going to get people to buy insurance if they can wait until they're sick? If you don't understand how the mandate and the preexisting-condition reform are tied together, then what do you understand about the issue, really?

An example of why judges should not supersede Congress as policy-makers.

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