And while the number is eye-opening on its face, it also lends itself to misnomers that are political talking points under the guise of information. First of all, the rise in costs likely will not impact you. A vast majority of Americans receive health care through employers or
That is because
Although an assessment of the Affordable Care Act requires more examination and involves more nuance than simply looking at the raw numbers, the landmark act is not without problems. Insurers have found that too few young (and mostly healthy) people are signing up for insurance, leaving others to bear the costs for those who have high health-care bills. The system can be strengthened by toughening the mandate for all to carry insurance and by eliminating loopholes that allow some to sign up only when they are in need of treatment.
That will require leadership on the part of the next president and the next
The philosophy boils down to, "Government doesn't work well, and we'll prove it by not doing our jobs." That mantra could be witnessed earlier this year with the
The Affordable Care Act has several aspects that benefit citizens, most notably a provision that guarantees people with pre-existing conditions can purchase insurance. The system has extended insurance to some 13 million people, many of whom had none before and, according to
Obamacare has problems, but those problems have been outweighed by the benefits. And next year's
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