In order to get the tax advantages of a health savings account, the health plan it's linked to has to meet certain criteria. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Patients say they feel little personal responsibility for keeping health costs lower. Andrei Tchernov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Walgreens is one of several pharmacies that have partnered with hospitals to help manage patients after they've returned home. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Alan Krueger, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, warns that consumer spending will drop if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal on spending cuts and tax increases. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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