Review & Outlook: Obama’s New York Model – WSJ.com
Wall Street Journal
President Obama has found a new example for the pending wonders of his health-care reform—New York. In his latest sales pitch last week, he declared that insurance rates in New York’s ObamaCare exchange “will be at least 50% lower next year than they are today. Think about that: 50% lower.”
Thinking is good, which is why you may have guessed that there’s more to this story than a 50% discount. The real news is that New York ruined its individual insurance market two decades ago by imposing the same regulations that ObamaCare is about to impose on every other state. If the Empire State’s premiums do now fall, it will be because the Affordable Care Act partially deregulates New York insurance.
The culprit behind New York’s long-standing insurance woes is a regulation known as “community rating” that hides in higher premiums the income transfers from one group to another. Insurance works best when people pay rates that are tied to their expected health risks over time. But a few states limit how much premiums can vary from person to person.
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