Closed hospital sign If the ACA should be overturned, it would end up costing hospitals a lot of money and exacerbate the problem of rural hospitals closing. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Politicians and the public are still arguing about the relative benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the health care system, but public hospitals should be very grateful for the ACA’s existence.

According to a study on municipal hospital costs funded by the University of Illinois in Chicago’s Government Finance Research Center, since the ACA was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012, yields for short and medium-term health care bonds have fallen by 39 basis points.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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