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Half of Americans who buy their own health insurance will get tax credits, study finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5179 (Published 19 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5179
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Many Americans buying health insurance themselves will qualify for substantial subsidies when they purchase coverage through the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation has found.1

Critics of the controversial 2010 healthcare reform law have been warning that the cost of plans offered through the exchanges will be so high that consumers should prepare themselves for “sticker shock.”

The law’s defenders admit that on average premiums will be higher than the low cost, bare bones plans many individuals currently buy, but, they contend, the higher prices are largely because the new plans must offer …

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