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Don’t blame Obamacare for health system’s age-old woes

THE ANGST over the Obamacare rollout has obscured two truths: First, the computer glitches — while deeply embarrassing — are a tech problem that is fixable. Second, the cancellation of some Americans’ insurance policies and premium hikes for others reflect longstanding problems in the health care system that weren’t suddenly caused by the Affordable Care Act. The great advancement in Obamacare is that it finally provides a framework to address these flaws.

Thus, every issue that the implementation of Obamacare raises should be debated with an eye toward the tradeoffs inherent in any health reform. Fixes can then be made. This should be simple, but Obama’s Republican critics are sticking to a strategy of blaming the health law for the very problems it aims to solve.

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