Charles M. Arlinghaus: The thing about change is that it changes
Policymakers should take note. Current hyperventilating, to use Chait's metaphor, is not necessarily a new reality. Emotional reaction and the peak level of an angst graph are not sustained belief that can't or won't change.
In contrast, recent angst about cancellation of health insurance is a better example of our concerns about the likely effects of a new federal regulatory scheme. The cancellation of insurance you had and liked and the requirement that you be charged as much as double to replace it is not a glitch that can be fixed. It is an essential part of the new regulations.
Charles M. Arlinghaus is president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank in Concord. His column runs every Wednesday. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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