News Flash ... You Get Whatever the Government Deems You Should Get.

That may or may not coincide with what you intended.

In the words of P.J. O’Rourke .........”If you think it cost a lot now, wait until it’s free”.

i think they're lowballing the true price BIG time. "Free" health care for 300 million Americans is going to cost 150 billion per year? That comes to only $500 per person. According to this 2005 chart (http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pqVgDLeO6WJ1Epmhi4w3rXg), we spent $6400 per person.

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The Cost Of Free Care


IBD Editorials | http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=322267686180055

March 18, 2009


Medicine: Establishing universal government health care might cost as much as $1.5 trillion, according to one new estimate. And what'll we get? As usual, the sorry British system provides another glimpse.


After the administration said in February that it would set aside a $634 billion "down payment toward a more efficient health care system," White House budget director Peter Orszag said that amount was "likely to be the majority of the cost."

But some observers believe that will not be nearly enough to cover President Obama's ambitions.

John Sheils, a senior vice president of Lewin Group consultants, estimates the cost will be roughly $1.5 trillion to $1.7 trillion over 10 years. Len Nichols, an economist who heads the health policy project at the New America Foundation, reckons that the cost of guaranteed coverage will run $125 billion to $150 billion a year.

John Rother, public policy director at the American Association of Retired Persons, a group that would benefit from low-ball estimates, also figures that the program will take $1.5 trillion across a decade.

These, of course, are early estimates. If history is any guide, the real costs will be higher. In fact, the price tag of Obama's plan has already grown. Sheils estimated the scheme Obama pitched while campaigning would cost less than $1.2 trillion.

But don't worry. Everyone will be getting free health care, just as they do in Great Britain, home to a National Health Services hospital in Stafford where thirsty patients drink from flower vases, according to London's Daily Mail, and others are "left in soiled linen on filthy wards."

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Josie06 Josie06
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1 Response Mar 19, 2009

obama team is lowballing a lot of things. new figure are to come out to day on how much his budget is really going to cost.