I am not mortally opposed to Obamacare, or even nationalized healthcare. I just have too much respect for the inability of central planners to plan properly. Here goes:
- Obamacare requires insurers nationwide to do some dumb stuff that they’d never do on their own because it would put them out of business.
- To compensate for this, Congress (representing the states) permitted a state level subsidy to be superfetated to keep the insurers from going broke.
Except that America still has territories … and they’re not states. So, they’re covered by # 1, but not by # 2.
One might think that they’re not a big deal, but 4 million people live in them: they’d get 7 Representative and 10 Senators if they were admitted as states.
Of course, Congress could just change this … but the people in the territories have no representation there. Good luck with that.
Next time someone comes up with a central plan for anything, please remember that the key word is central, and that the plan is the window dressing. You’d never support a “central”, but people will often support a “central plan”; please remember that most of what you’ll get will be just a “central” … even though I’ve never heard of anyone asking for one of those.