The US health care system faces two significant pressures.
Costs. While there is a debate about the cause of rising health care costs, there is no debate that health care costs are increasing. As noted by the Economist on September 2, “In America, nearly one in every five dollars spent is on health care, a larger share than in any other country.”
Kimberly Amadeo, July 25, 2017, Why Reform Health Care, https://www.thebalance.com/why-reform-health-care-3305749
The United States needed to reform health care because the cost was so high. It was the #1 cost of bankruptcies. The increasing costs threatened to consume the entire federal budget. It made the cost of preventive care unaffordable. That sent many low-income people to the emergency room, raising costs even higher. High cost
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