Definition of US healthcare bill

What would the US healthcare bill do? The healthcare reform legislation would offer or subsidise healthcare coverage for 32m people – about a tenth of the population – who are uninsured. It would also mandate that every American and legal US resident receive minimal coverage.

Beginning in 2014, individuals who are out of work, self-employed or working for companies that do not offer insurance could buy coverage from “health exchanges” in which private insurers would offer different kinds of plans.

About 19m people would be eligible for financial subsidies to help pay for insurance. If individuals refused to buy insurance coverage, they would be subject to a tax penalty. [1]

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