His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

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In this great video John Green discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who’s at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It’s that one.)

For a much more thorough examination of health care expenses in America, you should read this series at The Incidental Economist, the Commonwealth Fund’s Study of Health Care Prices in the US and this New York Times story.

This is the first part in what will be a periodic series on health care costs and reforms leading up to the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in 2014.

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