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  •  The amount of money the US government spends (4+ / 0-)

    that it needn't spend is staggering. A bloated military, people imprisoned at 7 or 8 times the rate of other nations, giveaways to landowning corporations aka 'farmers', giveaways to oil companies, a staggering overpriced health care system that wastes something like 5% of GDP to leave millions without insurance and who knows what else. And every time it comes time to cut spending the government cuts the part of the budget that goes to a desparately needed and grossly inadequate social safety net even further screaming 'entitlements' the whole time when the real entitlements are the items mentioned.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 10:49:30 AM PDT

    •  actually, it's closer to 8% (1+ / 0-)
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      Mike Taylor

      US GDP - health ~ 17%, UK GDP - health 9.4...

      and UK coverage is 100% with the lesser percentage of GDP. So it's valid to say that any higher percentage of GDP the US spends vs the UK on health care is indeed wasted money.

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      by alizard on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 04:59:17 PM PDT

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