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3. NYT writes to carefully hide that we pay 250% per capita above single-payer.
Fri Jun 29, 2012, 12:04 PM
Jun 2012

Notice how carefully they avoid giving any real comparison figures in the article.

They give US figures, then use only words to relate if higher or lower.

Then they pull a fast one separating our total health care cost into what we pay in premiums versus what is supplemented by our taxes.

“However, the overall level of health spending in the United States is so high that public (i.e. government) spending on health per capita is still greater than in all other O.E.C.D. countries, except Norway and the Netherlands,”

The attempt is to make our spending look like some middle of the road government muddle. It's not. We spend way too much and get way too little.

They also use acronyms without spelling them out: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to make you think that you might not be good enough to understand so you won't tweet this article. And, why quote that group anyway -- because if they said Europe, you'd understand it and retain the information in a usable speakable way.

And, the M$M knows that if we knew we spent TWICE what other countries spend, ALL OF THEM, and we don't rate at the top of every chart... they'd remember the number TWO, as in twice the cost.
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