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Ten Ways the National Health Bill Will Matter: 1. More Americans Insured

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Many Americans have questions about just what the new healthcare legislation means to them. Apart from reading thousands of pages of legalese or parsing through the political rhetoric for truths on either side, most want to know what’s in it for them and how much will it hurt. For starters:

One. More, but not all, Americans will be insured: Finding affordable health insurance for one segment of society, the working poor, is one of stated major goals of the legislation. The Congressional Budget Office has issued projections regarding the changes to the number of uninsured Americans after passage and implementation of the bill. The projections include that the number of uninsured non elderly living in America (and including unauthorized immigrants) will be reduced by 32 million in the next ten years. That will leave an estimated 23 million uninsured non elderly in America even after ten years of implementation of the health plan. While that still remains a large number, on a percentage basis 95% of the non elderly population will be insured (92% if you include unauthorized immigrants).

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