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Health care bill in Washington to affect most uninsured citizens


The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has ramifications beyond health insurance coverage for people in Washington. The state has already been moving forward with the law, and estimates that 800,000 of the more than one-million uninsured Washingtonians will use some portion of the ACA to get coverage.

At the Economic Opportunity Institute, Aaron Keating points out that insuring more people means more of them will use the healthcare system. And that means a boost for the economy.

“About 300,000 people work in health care sectors all across Washington state. That’s about 10 percent of the state’s non-farm jobs overall. And...

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