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Editorial: Insurance Exchange Would Set ‘Dangerous’ Model

Insurance exchanges, which are mandated under the federal health reform law, "could be a useful reform," but California's planned exchange would set a "dangerous precedent" because a "five-member board of political appointees will pick" participating health plans, a Wall Street Journal editorial writes. The Journal adds that this "'selective contracting'" will "allow the state to 'negotiate' more favorable terms," resulting in "submarket price controls."

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