Richard Epstein At The Hoover Institution: ‘The Obamacare Quaqmire’

Full piece here.

‘The situation is further complicated because the basic design of these plans is intended to create major cross-subsidies between user groups, which are enforced by the guaranteed issue and non-discrimination rules that apply to all health coverages on the exchanges. Those requirements mean that it is impossible for insurance companies to deny coverage to any applicant except on very narrow grounds that relate to oversubscription. One major threat to standard insurance coverage is that the insured has more information about his or her condition than the insurer. In traditional insurance law, the insurer was therefore entitled to require full disclosure about the relevant risk in order to price the coverage appropriately, or to decline it altogether.’

What is the end game if insurers can’t properly account for risk?

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From Foreign Policy: ‘Hardly Existential’

Full piece here.

‘Many people hold that terrorism poses an existential threat to the United States. But a look at the actual statistics suggests that it presents an acceptable risk — one so low that spending to further reduce its likelihood or consequences is scarcely justified.’

Satistically, that seems like a decent argument.  Perhaps we’d be better served by making it part of the furniture.  But what about psychologically, socially, and politically?   Clearly, there are other consequences.

Also:  Philip Bobbitt Discusses His Book ‘Terror And Consent’ On Bloggingheads

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