Tyler Cowen favors Medicaid expansion over the health care mandate:
It's one thing to count up "lives saved from insurance" but a lot of those lives are, in ex ante terms, actually made worse off from the mandate. Some recent research indicates that an economic downturn saves the lives of a lot of lower-middle class individuals by limiting their consumption of cigarettes. Surely the first question is whether the downturn makes those individuals better off -- doubtful -- and not whether it saves some of their lives.
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