Financing Health Care Reform

Source: Leonard E. Burman, Urban Institute, Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Finance, May 12, 2009

From the abstract:
The latest statistics show that 46 million Americans were uninsured in 2007. Health care costs threaten to bankrupt the nation if we can’t figure out a way to slow their growth and pay for the government’s growing share. Adding to the government’s unfunded health care obligations would be reckless and irresponsible. In this statement, I will discuss some issues involved in measuring the impact of health care financing options, discuss an option to pay for universal health care coverage with a value added tax (VAT), and examine several incremental options to pay for all or part of health care coverage expansions.

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