If The Court Strikes Down Obamacare, How Bad Would That Be?


By John C. Goodman and Linda Gorman
Forbes, April 3, 2019

The Trump administration has decided to challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare in court. Some Republicans in Congress and even some in the administration resisted this decision. Critics assume that if there is no Obamacare, we would revert to the pre-Obamacare health system. If so, how bad would that be? Although the Obamacare individual mandate is gone, people who are sick still need health insurance. Under Obamacare, people who must purchase insurance on their own have seen (1) their premiums double, (2) their deductibles double and triple and (3) their access to care increasingly restricted to an ever-narrower network of providers. All three problems arise for the same reason: under current law, insurance plans have perverse incentives—to attract the healthy and avoid the sick. Click here to read more.