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Off The Charts

Here is a great graph (via Andrew Gelman) from National Geographic showing just how broken our health care system is.

NatGeo health care world spending graph

As you can see, our health care costs are literally off the charts. We spend far more on health care than any other country, utilize health services less, and are not healthier as a result of all those added costs. This is why we desperately need actual reform that brings down cost (instead of keeping lobbyists happy). A move to a standardize high-quality, low-cost-sharing insurance package for everyone, like in Hawaii, would be a good first step.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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