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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care’s Cost
National Public Radio

As Americans begin shopping again for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, they’ll be wrestling with premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket costs and other vague and confusing insurance-speak.

Believe it or not, that’s the easy part compared to figuring out what health care actually costs. Sal Morales of Miami bought insurance in March during the ACA’s first enrollment period on the website.

It felt amazing, he says, to get that insurance card in the mail — “like if I got an American Express Platinum card. That’s how I felt.”