Implementing President-elect Obama’s health finance program as is might cost about $2,500 per newly insured individual in 2009.
Consultants in the New York office of PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. have come up with that estimate in an analysis of Obama health policy proposals.
The government would start off spending about $75 billion in 2009, with $48 billion going to cover people who are now uninsured and about $27 billion to replace the coverage of people who already have some type of coverage, the consultants estimate.
About 12 million of the 30 million newly insured individuals would get coverage from their employers, and many of them would be getting coverage from small employers, the consultants write.