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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 examines the most recent version of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the House-passed Affordable Health Care for America Act, and it provides the first long-term comparative analysis of the costs of the House and Senate health care reform legislation.
Controlling our structural budget deficits will require major changes in budget policy.
Most Medicaid dollars are spent on disabled and elderly beneficiaries, whose incomes and financial resources are low enough to qualify for the program.
Who Pays For Medicare?
The United States healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, and our healthcare costs are projected to keep rising. Despite these high costs, our health outcomes are generally no better than those of our peers, and in some cases are worse.
U.S. health care spending is highly focused on the costliest patients.
Projections of federal healthcare spending have improved but are still climbing as a share of the economy.
Medicaid provides health insurance to low-income Americans. Children make up nearly half of the program’s enrollment, but most spending is directed towards the elderly and disabled.