Peter Suderman on Obamacare's Federalist Opportunity


Last month's Supreme Court ruling was a loss for opponents of ObamaCare, which remains mostly intact. But the ruling, in combination with another little-noticed provision governing its exchanges, may pave the way for an unexpected partial victory: the opportunity for a federalist implementation of the law, in which some states can essentially opt out of the bulk of the law's requirements.

Senior Editor Peter Suderman writes that it's not just an opportunity for states to resist the law's federally designed strictures. It's also a rare opportunity to run a nationwide health policy experiment, testing the health and budgetary outcomes in states that choose to implement the law against those that don't.