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“Op­po­nents of the health re­form law say it will drive up the fed­eral deficit and debt. … There’s one prob­lem: Re­peal­ing the law will make the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion worse. That lit­tle nugget of truth comes this week from the non­par­ti­san Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice. … The re­form law gen­er­ates money to pay for the ex­pan­sion of health in­sur­ance—and then some. Re­peal­ing it will add more than $100 bil­lion to the deficit.” —Des Moines (Iowa) Reg­is­ter “The Amer­i­can health­care sys­tem has be­come the great in­ter­na­tional para­dox, spend­ing more but get­ting less. With all the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment, spend­ing far more on health­care than any other na­tion—a whop­ping $2.6 tril­lion an­nu­ally, or over 17% of our gross prod­uct— do­mes­tic the United States con­sis­tently un­der­per­forms on some of the most im­por­tant health in­di­ca­tors. Our in­fant mor­tal­ity rates, for ex­am­ple, are worse than those in coun­tries like Hun­gary, Cuba and Slove­nia. Our life ex­pectancy rates are not much bet­ter; in global rank­ings, we sit within spit­ting dis­tance of Cuba, Chile and Libya.” —Dr. Pauline Chen in the New York Times

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