The Price Isn’t Right: The Facts on Affordable Health Care

Source: Karen Davenport, Morgan Mulvenon, Garrett Groves, Avinash Kinra, Laurie Seremetis, Center for American Progress, August 19, 2008

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.
See also:
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

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