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The only way to get a handle on the costs is single-payer. Which was the bit you didn't like last time we discussed this, if memory serves.

True, although there's single payer and then there's single payer. Competition and information is another way to reduce costs, such as with lasik eye surgery. IIRC, costs have come down considerably. Provide vouchers to buy insurance for those who afford it (basic safety net). Similarly for Medicare. Require hospitals to publish their health outcome results, a sort of Consumers Report. Let insurance companies compete for my business (or my company's business in most cases).

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