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November 03, 2013

The socialized medicine you paid for but never got

Ongoing Federal "stimulus" spending per year = $700B+

$700B+ / ~320,000,000 people = ~$2,200/yr/person.

$2,200 / 12 months = $180/mo/person. (that includes illegals, uninsured, transient tourists, etc. i.e. every "warm body")

$180/mo could pay for basic catastrophic and (genuine) emergency treatment for every warm body in the US, and NOT require huge bureaucracy or expensive non-functional web sites to accomplish. Canadians pay less than half that per-person for their lame CannuckCare coverage.

I'm explicitly NOT endorsing any sort of socialized medicine schemes, I'm only drawing a dollar equivalence to show how insane and wildly inefficient the path we're heading down is. If you're going to get less, you should be paying less for it, not paying more and getting less. A similar equivalence would be to say the govt could have distributed a bare bones new car to every man woman and child in the country every four year for the cost of "stimulus" spending. Again, for the really dense, I'm NOT advocating this. To reiterate for the terminally stupid and reading comprehension challenged, I am NOT advocating this.

What I am saying is that simple math "back of the envelope" calculations can often reveal more truth about comparative value than stacks of reports and analysis. $2,200/yr/person is a bunch'o money. I'm asking if we're getting good value for it.

"All that is complex is not useful.
All that is useful is simple."

-- Mikhail Kalashnikov

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