Magazine November 21, 2016, Issue

Obamacare Unravels, Cont’d

(Illustration: Roman Genn)
Premium hikes reveal the law’s design flaws

When Congress was debating whether to enact Obama­care, conservatives said that one of the reasons it had to be fought was that it would make the middle class more dependent on govern­ment and bind it to the Democrats. So far Obama­care has not confirmed this particular fear. The law remains unpopular, and it is a frequent source of political trouble for the Democrats.

The latest trouble comes in the form of major premium increases. The Obama administration confirmed that the average price of insurance policies on Obama­care’s exchanges will be 22 percent higher next year. Supporters of the law point out

To Read the Full Story

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Strange Superman

The Accountant, the new Ben Affleck action vehicle, is founded on a genuinely original idea. Indeed, I feel safe in ven­turing that nobody, in cinema or literature, has invented an ...


Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We predict the morally dubious figure with an awful record in public life and much-remarked-upon blond hair will lose the election — and, unhappily, win it.  ‐ To former Bill ...
Politics & Policy


FIRST WORDS And then I resolved that thenceforward I would choose for the theme of my writing only the praise of this most gracious being. But when I had thought exceedingly, ...
Politics & Policy


Humble Experts The widespread connotation of “elitist” is one of arrogance and a haughtiness born not of achievement in the trenches but of patrician privilege. However, I feel certain this was ...


The Latest