Friday Links

  • Arguably the most damning sentences about the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov: “Days before the launch of President Obama’s online health ­insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the Web site to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously. Despite the failed test, federal health officials plowed ahead.”
  • Hedge fund king Steve Cohen allegedly paid Guy Fieri $100,000 to come to his home and pretend to do a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and the universe did not collapse on itself
  • A really big deal that will get lost in the (appropriate) healthcare.gov criticism: 275,000 Ohioans are one step closer to Medicaid eligibility
  • Josh Barro hits on one of the most important policy implications of the Affordable Care Act: too many people will get to keep their current plan. Employer-sponsored insurance is expensive for workers, companies, and the government, and getting employers out of the insurance game is a policy goal shared by liberals and conservatives

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