(Photo and text by John Wellington) The single most pervasive issue our country faces is the rising costs of health care. The cost of health insurance is currently about $15,000 per family while wages... more 
(Photo and text by John Wellington) The single most pervasive issue our country faces is the rising costs of health care. The cost of health insurance is currently about $15,000 per family while wages have remained flat - the average family income actually decreasing to less than $51,000 in 2012.

The Patient Care and Affordable Care Act will help ensure millions of Americans have access to health insurance, slow the growth of health care costs, and shift some of the financial burden to the government and larger employers. The major problem, however, is that these rising costs are still being borne by someone - in some cases costs are so high workers and employers cannot afford the premiums . This affects all of us. Rising costs siphon money out of the economy, employers' profits, and, ultimately, workers' paychecks.

There is a better alternative: Single-payer health care. less 
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Mon, Jul 29, 2013 5:00 PM EDT