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Pulling It Together: Are We Headed for a Government Takeover of Health Care?

August 21, 2011

Remember the “government takeover of the health care system” argument that critics of the health reform law have used?  Well, last week the Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the latest projections of health spending in the journal Health Affairs.  Attention focused mainly on the Actuary’s estimate that national health spending would grow to almost 20% of GDP by 2020 and that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have a negligible impact on the rate of growth in health spending.  The Actuary said that the ACA will largely pay for itself, producing savings in health care spending that will offset the additional costs as the uninsured gain coverage, have better access to care, and have lower out-of-pocket costs.

ChartPulling It Together: Are We Headed for a Government Takeover of Health Care? – Kaiser Family Foundation.

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