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  1. Many casual advocates propose financing this by cutting military expenditures. It’s seductive to claim that money spent pacifying/reconstructing Iraq would be better spent on the taxpayers who raised that money. It’s difficult to hear one news story about exorbitant no-bid government contracts, industry bailouts, or massive farm subsidies, and then hear another story about how the government is strapped for cash and can’t afford silly things like education and health care (effectiveness of those aside).

    Do you have a counterpoint to the claim that US per-patient spending is much higher than in socialized systems? If we get higher quality care, shouldn’t we be ranked first? How was that ranking done (yeah, I read the first link)? Excluding the uninsured, shouldn’t we see lower rates of preventable diseases and longer lifespans? After all, since the insured are paying their own way, don’t they have extra incentive to stay healthy? Also, since our system is privatized, shouldn’t our costs be lower, since both insurance companies and private hospitals have a strong incentive to minimize costs?

    If you’re against government subsidized health care, are you also against forcing private companies to provide health plans to their employees? It seems like an unreasonable drain on employers who could otherwise hire more workers, who could then (theoretically) buy their own coverage. Isn’t compulsory coverage just a way of sweeping the expense under the rug?

    In fact, why care for the sick, elderly, or young at all? We could have an amazing economy if we just harvested the viable organs of non-workers and used the rest for fertilizer. Do I hear you coughing over there? Boom! Headshot!

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