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    se portland, trueblueliberal, kyril

    The word has most of its value with low-information voters who simply can't be bothered to learn any facts about any other nation's healthcare.

    When average voters look at a 'socialist' country and see healthcare costs that are anywhere from 40% to 75% lower than the US, and everyone is covered, and there's no such thing as medical bankruptcy, the attack line tends to lose its power.

    The Republican attacks on single-payer nations have largely been a mishmash of incoherency -- Romney praised Isreal's single-payer healthcare system, and Palin's admission that she used to "hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada" means Average Joe Voter is left to scratch his head and wonder why socialism is so bad.

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