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This is the VOA Special English Economics Report.

President Obama has signed legislation to reform the healthcare system in the United States. The main goal is to ensure about 32 million additional people. That is about 95 percent of Americans who are not already covered by medicare insurance program for older people.About 16 million people will be added to Medicaid, the government plan for the poor. The law will require Americans to have health insurance with a few exceptions or pay a fine starting in four years.

Also in four years, employers with more than 50 workers will have to offer their employees a health insurance plan. Employers will pay a fine for each uninsured worker. Smaller businesses will receive taxes credits to help pay for health plans.People not covered by employer plans, Medicaid or Medicare could buy health insurance in marketplaces, called Exchanges. The idea is that competitions among plans will drive down costs. States will provide the Exchanges by 2014.


The law is the biggest change in American healthcare since 1965. But it is not a government operated healthcare system like the ones in other coutries. President Obama says it provides limited reform.

This is a radical reform, but it is a major reform. This legislation will not face everything else our health care system. But it moves us * in...

Berry A. is chief ex of the non-profit memorial healthcare system in F. Valley, California. He says the new law gets the issue of health reform moving. But it knows, it is mainly health insurance reform. He says lawmakers will have to reform the way healthcare is provided. That means finding ways for hospitals, doctors and other providers to work together more effectively. Mr.A also would like to see more attention on prevention so fewer people need costly medical treatment.

The law is expected to cost about 9 hundred and forty billion dollars over ten years. However, the Obama Administration says the plan will cut the nation's budget * by more than 100 billion dollars during that period. Last year, the United States spent two and a half trillion dollars on healthcare. This was an increase of almost 6 percent from the year before.

And that's the VOA Special English Economics Report wriiten by Mario Ritter. I'm Steve Ember.


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