The Salt Lake Tribune, October 29, 2015
The collapse of Utah's cooperative insurance provider, the Arches Health Plan, was not unforeseen, either by those who favor the Affordable Care Act or those who have always hated it.
Count Utah's Sen. Orrin Hatch among the latter. Hearing that the health insurance co-op had been declared insolvent and put into receivership by the Utah Insurance Department, Hatch pressed control-F7 on his computer and spewed forth another Obamacare-will-never-work press release.
Hatch's preferred alternative, the Patient CARE Act, has the advantage of not being Obamacare. But it is at least as complex as the ACA, shifts more costs onto consumers and more work onto states. Worst of all, passing it would force millions of Americans who have finally found health care under the current law back to square one.
Which is what just happened to 63,000 Utahns who will have to find new coverage now that Arches has tanked.
All of this fiddling with rival steampunk assemblages of subsidies, mandates, taxes, exchanges and co-ops continues to burden Americans because Republicans have never accepted, and Democrats have never fully sold, the realization that a country where millions of people do not have access to affordable health care is the skunk in the garden party of First World nations. No truly civilized society would tolerate such a condition.