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Getting Moving on Health Care
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry editorializes on the need to end the U.S.'s health care crisis and institute a universal health care system. To support his program, Kerry suggests rolling back the Bush tax cuts to ensure that by 2012 every American is guaranteed health insurance.
We're stuck with a 20th- century healthcare system that just doesn't work for a 21st- century economy.
If Kerry thinks that the U.S. is alone in facing a healthcare "crisis" he ought to take a look around. Many of our developed competitors are facing rapidly rising health care costs as well, largely because citizens in wealthy nations are demanding access to advanced health care technologies, and have little incentive to economize on their health care consumption. In fact, despite complaints about rising health care costs in the U.S., Americans, on average, still only pay about 16 cents out of pocket for every dollar spent on health care. Increasing government control of health care markets will only lead to health care rationing without alleviating the core problems afflicting American health care.
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