Gov't: Health Law to Cause Modest Spending Increase

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America's health care bill will go up, not down as a result of President Obama's recent massive overhaul of the medical system, according to a new government report.

However, the study says the increase will be modest - just two-tenths of a percent every year.

"The impact is moderate," said economist Andrea Sisko of Medicare's Office of the Actuary, the nonpartisan unit that prepared the report.

Supporters say it's a cheap way of expanding coverage to 93 percent of Americans. But critics say the study is more evidence the new health care bill did not solve the problem of rising medical costs.

Factoring in the law, Americans will spend an average of $13,652 per person a year on health care in 2019, according to the actuary's office. Without the law, the corresponding number would be $13,387.

That works out to $265 more with the overhaul. Currently, Americans spend $8,389 a year per person on health care.

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