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Jeff Jacoby

Health care system needs more freedom and competition, not less

What is the best way to make sure that Americans with chronic medical conditions — those most likely to need costly or frequent health care — can afford the insurance they need to meet their bills? The conventional answer, reflected in Mitt Romney’s 2006 health care reform law in Massachusetts and the federal overhaul signed by Barack Obama in 2010, contains these ingredients:

Require everyone to have health insurance, with subsidized plans for low-income citizens.

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