In recent years, the right has struggled to produce many top-tier health care wonks, but among conservatives, Avik Roy is ostensibly a fairly credible guy who takes policy more seriously than the typical pundit. And so it was of interest to see Roy’s latest piece for Forbes, in which he asks an important question: “[D]oes the Affordable Care Act live up to its name? Does it make health insurance less expensive?”
According to Roy’s research, the answer is no. He tells readers that he and his Manhattan Institute team have done a “county-by-county” study and determined – wouldn’t you know it – that premiums have gone up. The Heritage Foundation was thrilled.