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We Must Improve the Health Care System

Medical costs are threatening the middle class and future retirees

One of the biggest challenges we face as a nation is the rising cost of health care. It is driving people out of the middle class and driving up the costs of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the budgets of state governments and employers. Looking ahead, steadily rising out-of-pocket medical and health care costs will overwhelm the retirement savings that many Americans have tried to accumulate. Clearly, the standard of living for future retirees is threatened. All because of rising health care costs. … Back to Article

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