Health Care and the Budget: Issues and Challenges for Reform

Source: Peter R. Orszag, Health Care and the Budget: Issues and Challenges for Reform, CBO Testimony, Congressional Budget Office, June 21, 2007

Rising health care costs and their consequences for federal health insurance programs constitute the nation’s central fiscal challenge. Rising costs also represent a critical issue for employers—who sponsor most private health insurance coverage—and for the enrollees and patients who ultimately bear the costs of health insurance and health care. At the same time, substantial concerns exist about the number of individuals who lack health insurance, about the quality of care that is provided both to the uninsured and to the insured, and about trends in health such as the growing prevalence of obesity.
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