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Commonwealth Fund report compares and contrasts Romney and Obama on healthcare

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President Obama and Governor Romney offer different visions for the nation’s healthcare system. To inform public discussion about health care in the election and beyond, an analysis published by the Commonwealth Fund draws from microsimulation analysis to contrast the potential impact of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full with Romney’s proposals to repeal the law, eliminate many of the new requirements for insurance markets, and make changes in Medicaid and Medicare. The report focuses on the following:

  • the number of Americans expected to gain health insurance;
  • changes in the affordability of insurance;
  • changes in consumer protections and consumer choice;
  • help for small businesses;
  • improvement in Medicare solvency;
  • improvement in health care quality; and
  • control of health spending growth.

The report’s findings indicate that, in each area, implementation of the Affordable Care Act would likely outperform Romney’s proposals.

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