Crossing states lines for a haircut. @RobertGraboyes @Mercatus

Oct 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Crossing states lines for a haircut. @RobertGraboyes @Mercatus

As long as we focus on health insurance, we’re mostly arguing about how to distribute care and financial obligations. With the passage of the ACA in 2010, the federal government promised more care to millions of people. It also rearranged who paid how much for which care.

But the law did little to change the number of doctors, nurses, hospitals, machines or laboratories — or how we use those resources to produce health.

In the past 25 years, a vast constellation of creative geniuses altered the ways we process, store and communicate information. The same opportunities are poised to change the way we deliver health care, through telemedicine, diagnostic software and hardware, remote telemetry or drones for delivering medical resources.

The challenge is how to unleash these developments in ways that produce better health for more people at lower cost, year after year. Buying your health insurance from some other state won’t do the trick.