Austin Frakt scrubs the question of politics:

Given the importance of health reform for health, the interpretation of the question “Was health reform worth it?” in political terms, and only political terms, misses a lot. Even if health reform is responsible for a significant part of the mid-term’s outcome–and I don’t think it was–that it was worth it is not even a question in my mind. If one thinks that our health insurance system requires major reform, and I believe it does (who doesn’t?), then that’s the right thing to do. In fact, it was the right thing to do years ago.

Was health reform worth it? Looking beyond Washington and focusing on health, the answer is clearly “yes.” Even if the politics don’t justify it, the health of Americans does.

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