Health Care

America’s health care system does too little to deliver good health, even as spiraling health care costs place increasing burdens on American families, businesses, and the government. The Joint Economic Committee studies how changing health care financing arrangements, increasing consumer choice, altering the tax treatment of health insurance, adopting information technology, and reforming federal entitlement programs can improve America’s economic outlook and the health of its citizens.

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