The federal government's health budget is expanding by leaps and bounds even as the number of uninsured increases and average out-of-pocket costs for Americans rise faster than income. The task here, to identify ways to expand health insurance coverage and reduce the number of uninsured, cannot be achieved without squarely facing the constraints and dilemmas of health policy. This chapter in the book, Covering America: Real Remedies for the Uninsured, Vol. 3, is published by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
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