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Editorial: Shrink now, expand later

Here's the unvarnished message from The News' editorial board: Fix the cost problems with health care first, before expanding the insurance pool to include all those now without coverage.

Fix the costs, and insurance becomes more affordable and the number of the uninsured then shrinks. Just expand, and you're just expanding a broken system and driving up costs even more.

Reform is needed because the current rate of cost escalation is unsustainable; we're paying more than anybody else, and we're not getting better health care outcomes. While insuring everybody is a good goal (and universal coverage is not the same as universal health care access, already available because hospitals can't just turn anyone away), America must first get a handle on the costs.

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