Learn About the Affordable Care Act

Why should I care about healthcare reform?

Here are reasons why you should care about health care reform:

Health care costs keep rising.

  • About $2.3 trillion was spent in 2009 on health care in the U.S.
  • The amount people spent each year on health care nearly tripled from 1990 to 2009. The total rose from about $3,000 to over $8,000.
  • In addition, the average family premium doubled to $12,000 from 1996 to 2006. At current rates it could double again by 2025.
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Many people do not have health insurance.

  • In 2009 59.1 million people did not have health insurance at least part of the year. The number grows annually.
  • People between 18-64 with no health insurance are seven times more likely to choose not to get health care they need because of the cost.
  • One in three people in families with incomes two to three times the federal poverty level ($44,700 to $67,050 for a family of four in 2011) was uninsured at least part of the last year.
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Many people with health insurance struggle to pay for health care.

  • Four in 10 non-elderly people had medical debt or trouble paying medical bills in the last year. Six in 10 of them had insurance. Learn more...

Health care is expensive but not necessarily high quality.

  • Americans spend twice as much on health care compared to people in other developed countries. However, care may be less efficient and of lower quality. Learn more...