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“Long be­fore state health in­surance ex­changes be­came a cen­ter­piece of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care re­form, they were dar­lings of think tanks that pre­scribed mar­ket-based so­lu­tions to pro­vide med­i­cal in­surance for the unin­sured. The Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act re­quires states to cre­ate ex­changes through which small em­ploy­ers can shop for cov­er­age for work­ers and through which peo­ple who need in­di­vid­ual in­surance plans can shop for them. … It’s an open ques­tion whether Mis­souri’s Repub­li­can-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture has the dis­ci­pline to get a highly func­tion­ing ex­change in place or if it will be hi­jacked by an ide­o­log­i­cal fringe more in­ter­ested in grand­stand­ing than gov­ern­ing.”

—St.LouisPost-Dis­patch Assem­bly Bill 52, which would al­low the Cal­i­for­nia in­surance com­mis­sioner or the state Depart­ment of Man­aged Health Care to re­ject rate in­creases they deemed to be ex­ces­sive. We be­lieve it is time for this state to join 35 oth­ers that re­quire prior health in­surance rate ap­proval.”

“Long be­fore state health in­surance ex­changes be­came a cen­ter­piece of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health­care re­form, they were dar­lings of think tanks that pre­scribed mar­ket-based so­lu­tions to pro­vide med­i­cal in­surance for the unin­sured.”

“The cost of health in­surance is plac­ing an ever heav­ier fi­nan­cial bur­den on busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als. Even worse, in­creas­ing num­bers of peo­ple are go­ing with­out any health in­surance. ... In an ef­fort to slow down the in­creases in health in­surance rates, the state Leg­is­la­ture is con­sid­er­ing

—Con­traCostaTimes, Wal­nut Creek, Calif. “Re­sults from a ground­break­ing study prove what many health­care ad­vo­cates have as­sumed but some fis­cal con­ser­va­tives ques­tioned: Be­ing en­rolled in Med­i­caid is bet­ter for the poor than be­ing unin­sured. Re­searchers with the re­spected Na­tional Bu­reau of Eco­nomic Re­search ... found that peo­ple who go from be­ing unin­sured to be­ing in­sured un­der the statefed­eral pro­gram for low-in­come Amer­i­cans are more likely to take care of their health and feel health­ier, happier and more fi­nan­cially sta­ble. ... The re­search sug­gests that the Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion un­der the Affordable Care Act in 2014 can­not come soon enough.”

—St.Peters­burg (Fla.) Times

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