By almost any measure, America has the world’s costliest health care system—and it is getting more expensive by the year. Many argue that exploding health care costs present a serious threat not only to our overall economy and federal budget, but also to state budgets, and that health reform needs to focus primarily on controlling these costs.
A series of brief reports funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the effects that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will likely have on consumers, state governments, the economy and health care costs. In the reports released today, Urban Institute researchers examine how cost controls in the legislation, new rules for allowing purchase of health insurance across state lines, and malpractice reform could affect the amount of money Americans spend on health care and insurance.
The papers make the following conclusions: