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    Daily Howler on Friday had a post about the egregious framing that Trad Media gives many issues.  (Thanks to Brad Delong's invaluable blog for the original link.) In particular health care.

       KINSLEY: David Leonhardt of the New York Times recently noted that spending so much on health care squeezes out spending on other things that we might prefer, and that is a form of rationing. On the other hand, the blogger Mickey Kaus argues that it makes perfect sense for a society growing richer (as ours soon will be again, we hope) to spend a growing share of that wealth on improving our health and longevity.

    Leonhardt’s right! That really is a form of rationing—in much the way a planet like Mars is really a form of a golf ball. (Everything’s a form of everything—if we just stretch the language enough.) And Kinsley approvingly cites Kaus’ picture, in which our society decides to spend more for its health care. But it’s funny, ain’t it? In the course of all this bullshit, Kinsley never quite mentions this:

       United States: $5711
       Denmark: $2743
       France: $3048
       Germany: $2983
       Italy: $2314
       Japan: $2249
       United Kingdom: $2317

    That’s how much money a bunch of developed nations spent per person on health care in 2003.

    The numbers above jumped out at me.  How about Kossacks writing about the experience of some of these countries.  I know that Kos has members in most of these.  "Single payer" may be the embodiment of all good for progressives and Satan's curse for Tea-baggers, but how about some detail about what it actually means?

    Republican Math Deficiency - The only people on Earth to think you can get to 50% + 1 from 46% by subtracting!

    by DrJohnB on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 08:00:04 AM PDT

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