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Chapter Two: What’s Wrong with the Affordable Care Act


Published: January 16, 2020

The American health care system is on an unsustainable path, characterized by government-dominated insurance that obscures prices and reduces competition. The Affordable Care Act doubled down on the wrong incentives, leading to further competition among insurers and fewer choices for consumers. Reducing health care costs comes from encouraging price competition.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some misguided beliefs about the American health care system?
  2. What are the trade-offs to single payer health care systems?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch the Joint Economic Committee meeting with Scott Atlas, ““The Potential for Health Savings Accounts to Engage Patients and Bend the Health Care Cost Curve.” Available here.
  • For much more detail on Scott Atlas’ health care plan, read his book Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost, available here.
  • Read Scott Atlas’ chapter “Transformational Health Care Reform” in Blueprint for America here.