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One Year Later, Evaluation of Health Care Reform Virtually Impossible

As we approach the one-year anniversary of Obama’s health care reform scheme becoming law, it is important to note that the number of uninsured people in America has remained roughly the same, or actually increased slightly, in the last year–and the cost of health insurance has continued to rise. From Gallup:


This isn’t because the new law has failed to work as designed, but due to the fact that the law was actually written to help almost no one for a full four years after passage. This incredibly long delay was done solely to get a better, lower CBO score, which, incidentally, the vast bulk of Americans either don’t know about or refuse to believe.

What this means is you really can’t do a one-year retrospective on the effectiveness of the new law because, so far, the law has barely done anything.

One thing that is clear though, a year after passage, the shortsighted political decision to use an extremely long delay was one of the most foolish moves made by Democrats–in both political and policy terms. In 2012, President Obama will run as the man who passed “universal health care reform”–and yet, at the same time, there will likely be slightly more people without insurance than when he took office.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (