Magazine May 3, 2010, Issue

Kentucky Syndrome

Repeal veteran Trey Grayson (Ed Reinke/AP)
Obamacare will infect the country with it, but case studies reveal a cure

In the mid-1990s, Kentucky was one of eight state governments that voluntarily adopted aspects of Hillary Clinton’s health-care plan even though the federal government had abandoned it. Insurance premiums in these states skyrocketed; healthy people stopped buying insurance; and insurance companies fled in droves. Even so, only Washington, New Hampshire, and Kentucky had the good sense to roll back the harmful provisions, and only Kentucky managed to pull off a full repeal. In the wake of Obamacare’s passage, it’s worth looking at what made repeal possible in Kentucky, and why it proved impossible in places such as Maine and Massachusetts,

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