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Obama vs Romney on the Issues / HEALTH CARE

Obama's Policies on Health Care—PICTURES

May 11, 2012

Here are President Obama's policy positions in four key health-care areas: taxes, the individual mandate, the uninsured, and economic impact. 

TAXES: Obama’s health care law doesn’t tinker with the employer-sponsored health insurance tax exclusion. Instead, it tries to entice uninsured people to sign up for coverage by offering generous federal subsidies to lower-income Americans who buy plans on the state and federal exchanges that will be operational by 2014.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

INDIVIDUAL MANDATE: The requirement that everyone must buy health insurance or pay a fine survived the Supreme Court, thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the Court’s liberal justices to rule that the mandate is constitutional.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

THE UNINSURED: The insurance industry will experience a huge shift in 2014, when the health care law bars insurers from denying coverage to people with a preexisting condition.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


ECONOMIC IMPACT: Obama’s health reform is expensive, costing nearly $800 billion over 10 years to expand coverage to about 30 million Americans. Democrats are covering that cost by cutting Medicare Advantage plans, lowering payment rates to hospitals and doctors, and getting pharmaceutical companies to reduce the cost of drugs in some federal programs.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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