"For instance, the least expensive private insurance mandated by 'Obamacare' will have deductibles of up to $2,000, meaning that a policyholder who gets sick will need to pay $2,000 out of pocket before their insurance even kicks in," she said.
"A particularly ominous development is that the Obama administration is now allowing states to force even the poorest families to pay out of pocket before they can get medical care -- either by tacking co-payment onto Medicaid or, as in Arkansas, forcing the poor into skimpy private insurance plans. Hence, we can expect medically dangerous delays in care to continue," Woolhandler said.
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SOURCES: Cheryl Clark, M.D., director, health equity research and intervention, Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston; Devon Herrick, Ph.D., senior fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas; Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., professor, CUNY School of Public Health,Hunter College, New York City, and co-founder, Physicians for a National Health Program; March 28, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine
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