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23 million Americans will lack health insurance in 2019

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Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:00 am | Updated: 7:35 am, Tue May 3, 2011.

More than a year after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, our nation's health care delivery and coverage remain the disgrace of the industrialized world. There are more than 50 million uninsured Americans. Even if the health care overhaul works as planned, 23 million Americans will still lack health insurance in 2019.

The new norm is underinsurance. About 40 percent of us go without needed care because we can't afford it. The health care law won't change that, even once it's completely phased in. Our plague of medical bankruptcies will continue too.

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