Magazine August 10, 2009, Issue

Wrong Big Picture, Dangerous Fine Print

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But otherwise Obamacare is swell

There are only two problems with the emerging Democratic plan to reform health care in the United States: the big picture, and the fine print.

From a macro perspective, the bills now moving through House and Senate committees call for a combination of employer and individual mandates to force more, though not all, Americans to purchase federally set levels of insurance coverage. Some Americans — mainly those without full-time jobs — would be eligible for a new entitlement to discounted premiums. The federal government would try to tell doctors and hospitals what constitutes appropriate medical practice.

The bills would pay for their

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