Afternoon Must-Read: Nicholas Bagley: The Supreme Court Will Hear King. That’s Bad News for the ACA
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The Cost of Resistance to the ACA in Mississippi: Live from the Roasterie

As best as I can estimate, ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion right now has a benefit-cost ratio of 4-to-1. And, of course, its benefit-cost ratio for the power brokers of Missouri is ∞-to-1: they are not paying for it.

"Awesome in its evilness" was how Jon Gruber described ObamaCare nullification. How can anybody sane not agree?

Bill Gardner and Austin Frakt: The Cost of resistance to the ACA in Mississippi: "For conservatives: Many opponents believed both that the implementation of the ACA...

...would fail and that it would result in worse rather than better health care. But after a rough start, the ACA is largely meeting its implementation goals. It is significantly reducing the number of the uninsured. And whereas health outcomes are improving in Massachusetts, the first adopter of ACA-like reform, Varney’s article suggests that in Mississippi the health care system is showing signs of collapse. It’s hard to look at Mississippi and conclude conservatives were right, for the ACA was hardly given a chance in that state, as Varney details.... Part of what has happened to Mississippi is likely the result of specific policy choices by elected officials. But a lot of it was baked into a terrible history. Nevertheless, Governor Kasich’s question is, we believe, on point:

‘The opposition to [Obamacare] was really either political or ideological,’ Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told the Associated Press earlier this month. ‘I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.’

Principles matter, but how do you weigh principles that dictate opposition to access to basic health insurance against the costs borne by Mississippi’s rural poor?...