December 6, 2011 12:56PM

ObamaCare’s Preventive‐​Care Subsidies: Neither Free nor Cost‐​Effective

Matt Yglesias criticizes my comment in today’s USA Today when he writes, “making preventive health care free to the patient is…very cost‐​effective.”


Except it isn’t “free” to the patient.


And it isn’t cost‐​effective. The evidence strongly suggests we would “buy” as much health if we just waited for people to get sick and treated them then.