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Fact check: Bernie Sanders has
made the same false claim about
health spending for 10 years

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 8/11/2019 5:16:40 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is once again saying on the campaign trail and in interviews that the US spends twice as much on health care, per capita, as any other country in the world. It's a claim he has been making since at least 2009, when PolitiFact noted that it was false. He made it again in 2015, when PolitiFact noted that it was still false. Facts First: It's still false now. The US does spend the highest amount on health care per capita of any Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development country, but not double every single one. The claim has been a staple of Sanders' rhetoric during his campaign

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MOBeef4u 8/11/2019 8:22:50 AM (No. 148891)
Be very suspicious when the Left (and CNN, as we all know, is the Left's major mouthpiece) starts fact-checking its own. I wonder what's really going on.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sunhan65 8/11/2019 9:13:35 AM (No. 148943)
Kernel Sanders is a mean old man, and he's lying about this. But here's the thing: Comparing Canadian and American healthcare costs is a difficult exercise because their underlying premises are so different. Having lived and been treated extensively in both countries, I'll offer my personal perspective for what it's worth. In the United States, healthcare is a service you pay for and it acts like it. Consumers shop around, make more of their own choices, and better providers are rewarded with higher rates of pay. As a result, wait times are less, treatment options are more advanced, and the overall standards of care are higher. However, it is more expensive and is thus heavily-subsidized by employer-funded health insurance plans (and badly-run goverment ones). Basically, this started as a way to avoid wage and price controls under Truman and has become a way of life for most Americans. But if you have a job and/or a decent healthcare plan, you are better off in the United States than anywhere else. In Canada, healthcare is a bureaucracy and it acts like it. It is funded by taxation and administered by the provincial governments. Consumers have fewer choices, competition is less, and prices are controlled. As a result, there is less supply, wait times are longer, and egalitarianism negatively impacts both the ability of consumers to get better care and the rewards given to those who provide it. But if you have no job and/or no private health insurance, you are better off in Canada. You don't pay out of pocket to see a doctor and some prescription drugs are covered by the government plans. Other drugs are out of pocket, but there is usually a cap after which the government (i.e. other tax payers) picks up the tab. For my money, I prefer the United States overall, but I'm also less critical than some of the Canadian system that did so much to help me throughout my life.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative 8/11/2019 10:26:05 AM (No. 149014)
No one argues that medical services in the USA are a bargain. They're not. With insurers paying the bulk of charges, the consumers don't really care much about the charges larded onto the negotiated bill...but the premiums charged them in the larded up "healthcare" policies. Those Taj Mahal "medical centers" don't come cheap. Neither do their million-dollar adminstrators, employees, and support service contractors, from billing to groundskeeping. Toss in the charges to the paying customer for "pro bono" services and the abuse of emergency facilities... Hello, suckers!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 8/11/2019 10:26:44 AM (No. 149015)
By CNN? Interesting. But, CNN is in for Harris, so they will smear any other candidates.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Smart11344 8/11/2019 1:55:57 PM (No. 149178)
I do believe Bernie Sanders gives Jewish people a bad name.
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