Health Insurance Coverage Keeps Shrinking as Premiums, Family Costs Climb Ever Higher

Source: Health Care for America Now, June 2009

Skyrocketing premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs are battering family budgets, eroding U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and threatening the American standard of living, once the envy of the world. As President Barack Obama and his economic advisers have repeatedly said, health costs are increasing at an unsustainable rate, and the national economy will not thrive unless they are reined in. Health care reform that guarantees quality, affordable care for everyone in the United States–and offers the choice of a public health insurance plan–can do what our private health insurance system has failed to do: provide economic security for families and the nation.

This report documents the irrefutable conclusion that health care and health insurance are becoming increasingly unaffordable for a growing portion of the U.S. population.

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