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Analysis of Congressional health reform bills highlights similarities, differences, costs
Date:10/23/2009

ericans can get the high quality, affordable health care we need and deserve."

The report also points out that there are differences among the bills in terms of how reform would be financed, and what actions would be taken to control costs and expand coverage, including:

  • choice of a public health insurance plan option to be offered through the new insurance exchanges in addition to private plans;
  • exemptions from the individual requirement to have health insurance;
  • requirements for employers to provide coverage or contribute to a health insurance fund;
  • the level of subsidies to purchase health insurance and cost-sharing subsidies; and
  • the degree to which revenues to pay for reforms are derived from high income households or from insurers and device manufacturers..

The report will be updated continually as the legislation evolves. An audio companion piece from Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis, additional breakdowns, comparisons, and an interactive side-by-side chart are available on The Commonwealth Fund's Web site, www.commonwealthfund.org.


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