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  •  adverse selection (1+ / 0-)
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    is the fundamental problem with health insurance.

    Any reform needs to deal with it.  Anyone who pretends it's not a problem is just ignorant.

    It's clear the Republican judges do not understand the basic economic fundamentals of the health insurance problem, and do not care that they are ignorant.

    •  A way to avoid that (0+ / 0-)

      is to set the rates based on the level of risk of the insured.

      You drop the rates for people under 40 and they will be more likely to enter the market.

    •  thats policy analysis, not legal analysis (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Economic fundamentals are not (1+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright

      what they are supposed to focus on.  

      At any rate, I'm sure they do understand the basic economic problem.  That is a completely different question from whether the solution Congress chose is constitutional.  It is only the second issue -- whether the solution is constitutional -- that is before the SCOTUS.

      •  It's the magic "limiting factor" (0+ / 0-)

        It's why the health insurance market is a uniquely broken and vital system that the federal govt is best equipped to fix.

        It's why the mandate does not-omigod omigod-open the door to unlimited federal mandates on what we have to buy.

        •  too late to recommend this comment (2+ / 0-)
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          roadbear, Tx LIberal

          But the adverse selection problem is a fundamental reason why health insurance is not like broccoli.

          And, really, to coffetalk's claim  "I'm sure they do understand....": you cannot understand the issue and come up with the broccoli question.

          The broccoli question is only possible from someone who does not understand the issue or is dishonestly pretending to not understand the issue.

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