THE BIGGEST LOSERS, HEALTH EDITION

THE BIGGEST LOSERS, HEALTH EDITION

Who Would Be Hurt the Most by a Failure to Enact Comprehensive Reforms?
February 24, 2010

This brief describes the groups with the most to lose if comprehensive health care reform is not enactedpeople who either lack coverage today or who are required to pay the most for health insurance and medical care. These include the self-employed, those working for small employers, those with health problems, older working-age adults and early retirees, the low-incomes, and others without access to employer-based insurance. Reform's combination of Medicaid expansions, subsidies for exchange-based coverage, broader-based sharing of risk, and administrative economies of scale would make meaningful coverage affordable for the vast majority of individuals disadvantaged by the current system.

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