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Exposing the Myths of Universal Health Coverage

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Publication Date: April 2009

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Devon Herrick

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Funder(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Topic: Health (Health services administration)
Health (Health care financing)

Keywords: mandates; premiums; universal health care; health insurance

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Recent health care reform proposals have largely focused on achieving universal coverage through a combination of private-sector mandates, regulation of insurance premiums and expansion of government insurance. Proponents argue that adding more regulations and spreading costs across a wider insurance pool will make coverage more affordable. Reality belies these myths.