Outside the Box: This is Americans’ best chance to improve their health care

As we all were painfully reminded last week, it’s hard to change the U.S. health-care system.

The failure of the Republican-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare proves that whatever lawmakers try to do about health care, someone doesn’t like it. The fundamental problem is simple: Americans want to consume more health care than we collectively want to pay for.

And since health care costs money — lots of it — most changes either give people less of what they want, or jack up costs. Moreover, cutting expenses doesn’t only deprive consumers (many of whom vote) of something they consider important.

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