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The original mistake that distorted the health insurance system in America

The original mistake that distorted the health insurance system in America

A World War II-era mistake distorted the U.S. health insurance system. Reformers tried to fix the problem with patchwork solutions until Obamacare dumped yet another layer of misguided policy onto what was already a mess. Now the tangle is so perplexing that a Republican Congress, under a Republican president, could not even bring a health-insurance reform bill to a vote last week. But legislators will no doubt try to tackle the issue again, and when they do, they should consider erasing the original error instead of merely papering it over.

As World War II raged, competition for scarce labor grew fierce, what with so many able-bodied men in the military. Legislators, worried...

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