There is broad agreement that we need affordable health care, but how to define and achieve affordability are less clear. Any consideration of affordability must include the cost of both premiums and out-of-pocket expenditures. The two aspects go hand in hand, since lower premiums often result in higher out-of-pocket costs.
Policymakers have already agreed that future health care reforms must make health care more affordable. The remaining challenge is to define a truly “level playing field” and make health care affordable for all Americans. Read more here.
• Background Basics on Affordable Health Care
• Point-Counterpoint: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Make Health Care Affordable
• Senate Testimony: Consumers Suffer as Health Insurers Consolidate