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Health Care (U.S.)
** NEW ** Supreme Court decision on health care reform (see updates below)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49.9 million people in the U.S. – disproportionally people of color and the working poor – lacked health insurance coverage in 2010. This figure represents 16.9 percent of the population, up from 13.1 percent in 2000. More than half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are a result of health-related bills. We are the only industrialized nation not to have some form of universal health care. This situation is immoral and intolerable.
In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted into law. Though imperfect, this law at least attempts to address the iniquities in our current health care system. Many of the resources on this page are designed to help individuals, families, providers, and business owners understand the new law.
Supreme Court decision and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Understanding the ACA
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