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Peter G. Peterson Foundation Releases The Lewin Group Study Showing Current House Health Care Reform Proposal Would Lead to Expanded Coverage and Higher Costs
Date:9/9/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A mixed picture emerges from a new study commissioned by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation on America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (H.R. 3200). The study, conducted by The Lewin Group, provides a critical look at longer-term cost implications of a major comprehensive health care reform proposal, estimating the impacts through the year 2029, making it the first analysis of health care reform costs beyond 2019. The study examines the House legislation as amended by the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Foundation plans to commission similar analyses of other major reform proposals, including the one from the Senate Finance Committee, as legislation is introduced.

For the full Press Release, including Highlights of the Study, please visit:

http://pgpf.org/resources.dyn/PGPF-Health-Care-Study-Release.pdf

For the full Report, please visit:

http://pgpf.org/resources.dyn/PGPF-Health-Care-Report.pdf

By extending beyond the traditional 10-year budget projection period, the study provides important insights into the key issue that must be addressed in health care reform -- that is, how to keep health care costs from growing faster than the financing available to support them, while also assuring adequate access to quality health care.

"This nation needs to engage in comprehensive health care reform that will include some level of universal coverage. At the same time, this study shows that the top priority needs to be reducing total health care costs and the rate of increase in future costs. For health care reform to be fiscally
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