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HEALTH CARE

Sebelius Decision on Essential Benefits Good Politics, Poor Policy--Commentary

The decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delegate to states the final decision on what conditions must be covered by health insurance may have been great politics but it was poor policy, an editorial in The Washington Post argues on Friday.

Writer Robert Samuelson says the decision helps dilute Republican arguments that the 2010 health reform law creates a “one-size-fits-all” system, but he says it won’t address the biggest  problem facing U.S. health care

 

“Politically, Sebelius’s decision is a masterstroke,” Samuelson writes.

“The reality is that states can’t cure uncontrolled health costs. It’s a national problem that only the national government can solve,” he adds.

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