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Subject:  Re: End of the Health Care debate Date:  6/9/2009  12:29 AM
Author:  markr33 Number:  19339 of 59866

The US now spends $2.353 Trillion on health care.
If we adopted the Canadian System, it would be $1.186 Trillion

Saving the US $1.167 Trillion and we would have every single person in the US covered.


Is this really true? What if there are other things that contribute to high health care costs in the USA? What if, for example, we shoot each other more often? What if we are fatter and come down with certain diseases more often than Canadians do on average? What if we drive faster and more recklessly and have more accidents and thus incur more medical costs? What if we have more drug abusers (meth, etc) on average? What if we have more poor people that don't guard their health very well? What if we live otherwise riskier lives, engage in riskier sports, and require more medical care? Or engage in strenuous sports later in life requiring additional medical care? What if we are too independent minded to go to a doctor and only wait until something has gotten really bad before checking it out?
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