Health Care Costs: The Rip Off That Bankrupts America

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Health Care Costs: The Rip Off That Bankrupts America

The International Federation of Health Plans has depicted our ridiculous health care system in 21 graphs.

We don’t get more health care; we just pay more — much more.

And this entirely accounts for the scary long-term deficit projections.  If we paid what every other advanced industrial country pays, we would project surpluses as far as the eye can see and be able to begin investing in areas vital to our future — like educating our kids.

It’s not “entitlements,” “greedy geezers,” the “takers,” public worker salaries and pensions, teachers’ unions, big government, out of control spending, or even cost of policing the world.  A corrupted congress allows entrenched corporate lobbies to protect their right to rip us off.  It isn’t more complicated than that.  Every other explanation is hogwash.  Take a look at the graphs.  Remember them the next time Speaker Boehner babbles about out of control spending.  Or the White House floats cutting Social Security with a chained CPI.  Or the various Pete Peterson fronts rail about deficits.

Want to rebuild America?  Want to provide pre-school for all or affordable college?  Want to get our books in order?  Get the damn hogs out of the trough.

Take a look.


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Robert Borosage

Robert Borosage

Robert Borosage is the founder and president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future.

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