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Monday, November 4, 2013

The "Federal" Obamacare Marketplace: Could the E.U. Directive Have Helped?

By the end of 2012, the chief executives of twenty-six of the American states had decided not to set up medical-insurance exchanges as part of “Obamacare.” In the absence of such exchanges, the law mandates that the federal government create and run the exchanges itself. To the extent that the states’ rationale is that Obamacare violates the principles of federalism, one subtle consequence of the decision to go with the U.S. Government's internet-marketplace is likely to be more rather than less political consolidation at the expense of the wherewithal of the states and the federal system itself. 

The complete essay is at Essays on Two Federal Empires.