By Mark Kellenbeck, M.L. Mercer and Brian Setzler

One would have to live in a cave not to know that health care in America is changing. Three key issues driving these changes are the need to reduce costs, improve health outcomes and cover more people. As business owners, we believe these are important goals.

Which prompts the question, will the Affordable Care Act take us where we need to go?

When the ACA is fully operational, many more Oregonians will be covered, the exclusion for pre-existing conditions will have ended and many other benefits will accrue.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis, however, shows the ACA will reduce government spending but increase total spending. This means families and businesses will pay $130 billion more annually for health care than we do now.

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