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Suggested evidence-based reforms to the ACA would cost
$453 billion to
$559 billion over 10 years

ACA next steps

The cost is much smaller than the estimated savings in national health expenditures relative to projections made before the ACA.

Source: 2015, After King v. Burwell: Next Steps for the Affordable Care Act
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20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

20% to 50%: The variation in how much money trickles down to local public sectors

Research indicates that more money in a local public sector appeared to increase a government’s effectiveness.

Source: 2013, Analyzing the Role of the Local Public Sector in Achieving Sustainable Development: Does More Spending at the Local Level Result in Better Development Outcomes?
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In 2011, 18% of all workers worked for themselves and had no employees

In 2011, 18% of all workers worked for themselves and had no employees

Sole proprietors tend to have worse economic outcomes than wage-and-salary workers, but employees in family businesses do better.

Source: 2014, Self-Employment, Family-Business, Ownership, and Economic Mobility
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In less than 10 years, there will be 55 million Americans over the age of 65

In less than 10 years, there will be 55 million Americans over the age of 65

Data show that without policy changes, many older Americans won’t have access to needed transportation and services.

Source: 2013, Roadblocks Ahead for Seniors Who Don't Drive
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3 percentage points: The amount the tax code cut poverty in 2012 through refundable credits

3 percentage points: The amount the tax code cut poverty in 2012 through refundable credits

Spending through the tax code resulted in nearly twice the poverty reduction as SNAP and TANF spending.

Source: 2014, The War on Poverty Moves to the Tax Code
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$53,850: The average total debt among Americans with a credit file in 2013

That number was substantially higher for people with a mortgage ($209,768) than people without a mortgage ($11,592).

Source: 2014, Debt in America
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