Attempting to reform healthcare has always been a bit like the arcade game Whac-A-Mole. The last several decades are fraught with examples of efforts to contain costs that only resulted in other expenses popping up somewhere else.
With that in mind, it’s difficult to assess the eventual future of yesterday’s Republican proposal that aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it. As the nation’s Chief Executive has noted about a week ago, “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.” Well, it is—it’s a multi-trillion dollar industry, with a wide range of provider types, labor and supply costs, and other expenses intrinsic to managing patients, institutions and financial transactions.
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