Do markets work in healthcare?

Marilyn Moon • MARCH 28, 2014

Marilyn Moon of the American Institutes for Research argues that, despite any shortcomings the Affordable Care Act may have, the law should not be opened up for modification right now out of risk of major cutting or repeal. Moon does not believe that markets work in healthcare because, she says, healthcare is more complicated, requires more knowledge, and is too expensive for individuals to afford unless they share responsibility. According to Moon, government involvement in various forms, such as through the setting of insurance coverage mandates, do not raise the cost of healthcare appreciably. The savings from eliminating mandates, she says, would be trivial because insurance companies would still choose to cover the most expensive services.

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