Pro­tect in­vest­ment in med­i­cal re­search, com­par­a­tive ef­fec­tive­ness

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Oba­macare’s ad­vo­cates claimed that health­care pre­mi­ums would de­crease for the av­er­age Amer­i­can, a near im­pos­si­bil­ity given the in­ef­fi­cien­cies as­so­ci­ated with its anti-mar­ket bias and huge new bu­reau­cracy.

To­day, even Oba­macare’s most ar­dent sup­port­ers ac­knowl­edge that pre­mi­ums will con­tinue to in­crease for many Amer­i­cans. A new MIT study pre­dicts av­er­age pre­mium in­creases in the range of 19% to 30% in Wis­con­sin, Min­nesota and Colorado.

A lead­ing ac­tu­ar­ial firm (Mil­li­man) fore­casts pre­mium in­creases in Ohio of be­tween 55% and 85%. And a Feb. 4 story in Politico cites a new sur­vey that pre­dicts pre­mium in­creases of up to 169% for young, health­ier in­di­vid­u­als.

Re­mem­ber, Oba­macare’s stated goals are to shift gen­er­a­tional costs from old to young, and poor to mid­dle class. Both might be ad­mirable but are wholly at odds with Oba­macare’s prom­ise to lower health­care costs for ev­ery­one.

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