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GG090825: 'Ealth Care

August 25, 2009

1. T.R. Reid: On average, the Japanese go to the doctor 15 times a year, three times the U.S. rate. They have twice as many MRI scans and X-rays. Quality is high; life expectancy and recovery rates for major diseases are better than in the United States. And yet Japan spends about $3,400 per person annually on health care; the United States spends more than $7,000.
2. Howard Dean: While employers are guaranteed the right to purchase health insurance, the great majority of states … do not extend the same protection to Americans who buy individual insurance politics. — This is a feature not a bug.
3. LA Times: The half-dozen leading overhaul proposals circulating in Congress would require all citizens to have health insurance, which would guarantee insurers tens of millions of new customers — many of whom would get government subsidies to help pay the companies’ premiums. … “It’s a bonanza,” said Robert Laszewski, a health insurance executive for 20 years who now tracks reform legislation as president of the consulting firm… Told you.

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