Family Voices Indiana shares this blog post from The Commonwealth Fund...... By Karen Davis The second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act serves as a prime opportunity for reflection on progress in addressing fundamental flaws in the U.S. health system. It’s particularly important to remember why the United States so urgently needs the Affordable Care Act. Just a few facts make it clear that the U.S. cannot afford to continue on the course it took in the first decade of this century: The number of uninsured increased from 37 million in 2000 to 50 million in 2010. Health expenditures increased from $1.4 trillion in 2000 to $2.6 trillion in 2010, and from 14 percent of the Gross Domestic Product to 18 percent. 73 million Americans reported problems with medical bills or accumulated medical debt in 2010. Family health insurance premiums increased by 50 percent between 2003 and 2010, contrasted with only a 10 percent increase in median family income. The U.S. ranks l
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