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

His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.
John Green: Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday. I wanted to talk today about why healthcare costs in the United States are so phenomenally, fascinatingly expensive, but first I have to blow your mind. Alright, so you've probably heard that the reason people enjoy "free" healthcare in Australia and the UK and Canada, etc., etc., is that they pay higher taxes. That money then goes into a big pot and is used to pay for peoples' healthcare. But IN FACT, in the United States, we spend more tax money per capita on healthcare than Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Canada. That's right Hank, you pay more in taxes for healthcare than you would if you were British, and in exchange for those taxes, you get... no healthcare. In fact, only about 28% of Americans get their health insurance through government funded programs -- mostly poor people, old people, and congress people. Why is this? A hip replacement in Belgium costs $13,000; in the US, it's often over $100,000.

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