Posted: 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012
By Jack Torry
First of 4 parts
The U.S. Senate race in Ohio is one of the most expensive in the nation and may play a key factor in which part controls the U.S. Senate. To help you be a more informed voter, today we’re launching a four-part issues series focusing on the key issues in the race between U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Here’s a look at the series:
Today: Health care.
Aug. 12: Budget and debt.
Aug. 19: Economy and trade.
Aug. 26: Energy.
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Federal aid with premiums
The health-care reform law offers subsidies to low- and moderate-income families for insurance. Here’s an example of who the system would work for a family of four:
* 2014 income: $40,000
* Age of policy holder: 40
* Cost of annual premium: $12,130
* Maximum cost to family: $1,982
* Government cost: $10,148
To calculate your hown subsidy, go to http://healthreform.kff.org/SubsidyCalculator.aspx
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
By the numbers
In June, the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. here are some predicted effects:
Now through 2012
Increased federal spending:
* Medicaid and CHIP*: $642 billion.
* Exchange subsidies: $1.02 trillion.
* Employer tax credits: $23 billion
Increased federal revenues:
* Penalty payments for having no insurance (paid by people and employers): $172 billion
* Tax on high-premium insurance plans: $111 billion
* Other: $231 billion
Net decrease in deficit:
$109 billion, chiefly via other savings, such as cuts in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals.
Number of uninsured Americans
* Today: 53 million
* In 2022: 30 million
* Children’s Health Insurance Program
Source: Congressional Budget Office
On Aug. 12, we’re going to take a look at the keys to winning the presidency and how the race is shaping up in Ohio and nationally. Who’s winning the ground game? Where’s the money going? What about the debates? What issues are on voters’ minds? Also on Aug. 12, we’ll run a calendar letting you know about debates, conventions and other key election dates. We’ll also inform you about other loca races and issues that will be on the ballot. If you have any election questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org