The Affordable Care Act and health care costs

Published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A recent study by the Society of Actuaries suggests that under the Affordable Care Act, premiums for health insurance are likely to increase by 32 percent for individual and small group policies. While the study does not fully capture some of the act’s cost-control mechanisms, it does highlight a significant challenge for the U.S. health care system: deciding how much to spend to keep any one person alive.

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