Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Economics, Adjudication, and (Above all,) Politics: Health Care Reform and the Public Good

By Max J. Skidmore
Curators’ Professor of Political Science
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Before passage of health care reform in 2010, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (the infamous “Obamacare” to its opponents), a joke making the rounds involved a recently deceased advocate of universal health care, who, upon being admitted into heaven, was permitted to ask a question of the Almighty. “Will the United States ever have universal health care?” he asked. “Oh Yes,” God replied, “but not in my lifetime.”

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