Obamacare’s Deeper Problems: Three Views


I’d like to follow up on CatholicVote’s most recent posting, which notes that the problems with the health care law go deeper than mere problems with the website.  Problems with the website are essentially technical problems.  They can probably be resolved sooner or later.

These problems are relatively simple to understand, and so have monopolized a lot of the reporting and commentary on the new law’s launch.  Alongside that discussion, however, there has also been some less-noticed discussion suggesting that there may be more fundamental flaws in the structure of the law, ones that might make it work out poorly on the whole even after the website problems are solved.  Here are three views of this question from three somewhat different kinds of commentators.


Ezra Klein is a liberal policy writer for the Washington Post who has been a fairly reliable defender of the law.

Peter Schiff is a libertarian economic analyst.

Yuval Levin is a conservative policy analyst who writes for National Review.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org


About Author

Carson Holloway is a political scientist and the author of The Way of Life: John Paul II and the Challenge of Liberal Modernity (Baylor University Press), The Right Darwin? Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Spence Publishing), and All Shook Up: Music, Passion and Politics (Spence Publishing), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled Magnanimity and Statesmanship (Lexington Books). His articles have appeared in the Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science, and First Things. He is a regular contributor to the online journal The Public Discourse. Holloway was a 2005-06 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 1998.

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