Health in­sur­ance

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Alexis Pozen

It is no won­der so many myths about health in­sur­ance per­sist. The U.S. health in­sur­ance sys­tem is opaque and labyrinthine, and at times pur­posely so. The cur­rent de­bate over whether to re­peal ma­jor pro­vi­sions of the Af­ford­able Care Act (ACA), oth­er­wise known as Oba­macare, comes down to whether con­sumers should sub­si­dize ser­vices they never ex­pect to use. But who pays for what, and how, is not straight­for­ward.

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Women dressed as char­ac­ters from “The Hand­maid’s Tale” protest the Se­nate health-care bill out­side the Capi­tol last week.

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