Health Care By Numbers

Source: Andrea Orr, Economic Policy Institute, May 14, 2009

While any health insurance reform proposal will have to juggle the often conflicting interests of multiple parties from the young and healthy to the old and infirm, much of the opposition to proposals for a public plan comes from the same parties that control the inadequate system in place today. As this summary explains, health insurance companies and drug makers are resisting a system that would introduce new competition and effectively limit how much they could increase costs for drugs and doctor visit.

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