Study paints grim health-care picture

Health insurance costs and the number of uninsured Oregonians will jump without reform.

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If Congress fails to pass health reform legislation, the number of uninsured Oregonians will shoot up to 979,000 in 10 years and health insurance costs will increase 70 percent, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

According to the report, which provides state-by-state assessments as well as national totals, the impact to people and the economy would be large, with a crippling impact on workers, employers and state budgets.
“Without significant reform that makes health insurance more accessible and affordable and reduces the rate of health care cost growth over time, the number of uninsured will increase and health care spending will increase dramatically,” the 64-page report states.

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