Monday, December 30, 2013

Cochrane: What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels

University of Chicago professor John Cochrane has a nice OpEd in the 12/25/2013 WSJ, "What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels".

A key point:
Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers; lifelong and guaranteed-renewable, meaning you have the right to continue with no unexpected increase in premiums if you get sick. Insurance should protect wealth against large, unforeseen, necessary expenses, rather than be a wildly inefficient payment plan for routine expenses.

People want to buy this insurance, and companies want to sell it. It would be far cheaper, and would solve the pre-existing conditions problem. We do not have such health insurance only because it was regulated out of existence...