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Health Care Reform: Years in the Making, Still Doesn't Satisfy
Reform Finally Passes
Among other new regulations, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act allows children to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26, prevents insurance companies from denying coverage due to a patient's "pre-existing conditions," subsidizes private insurance for low- and middle-income Americans, and requires that all Americans have some sort of health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law will reduce federal budget deficits by $143 billion over the next 10 years. The government plans to fund health-care reform with a tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans and a tax on the investment income of the wealthiest Americans. The act was nicknamed "Obamacare" by Republican detractors who believe the new law is too expensive and verges on socialism. Some Democrats felt the plan wasn't far-reaching enough. Most of the changes won't go into effect until 2014.
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