By [Ben Noble]

Bernie Sanders and like minded individuals have brought universal healthcare into the mainstream political discussion. The idea of having everyone in the US covered by government funded health insurance might induce feelings of fuzzy euphoria, but its not as simple as “health insurance = good health”. Universal healthcare does nothing to address the everyday choices people make that determines their level of health, the massive amounts of money spent on treating preventable illnesses, and the certain explosion of demand that will create shortages in supply and an increase of costs.

 

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Left-Leaning Economists Question Cost of Bernie Sanders’s Plans [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/us/politics/left-leaning-economists-question-cost-of-bernie-sanderss-plans.html/]

Here’s a list of Bernie Sanders’ $19.6 trillion in tax hikes [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/heres-a-list-of-bernie-sanders-19.6-trillion-in-tax-hikes/article/2580846/]

Why Bernie Sanders Has to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class [http://fee.org/articles/why-bernie-sanders-has-to-raise-taxes-on-the-middle-class/]

The impossible task of centrally planned health insurance [http://libertytheory.com/2014/01/23/the-impossible-task-of-centrally-planned-health-insurance/]

Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Has Crossed Into Neverland [http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/02/sanders-campaign-has-crossed-neverland/]

An Open Letter from Past CEA Chairs to Senator Sanders and Professor Gerald Friedman [https://lettertosanders.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/open-letter-to-senator-sanders-and-professor-gerald-friedman-from-past-cea-chairs/]

What is the single best thing we can do for our health? [http://youtu.be/aUaInS6HIGo/]

Robert Wood Foundation findings [http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2010/02/chronic-care.html/]

Who’s to Blame For Our Rising Healthcare Costs? [http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/04/03/whos-to-blame-for-our-rising-healthcare-costs/]

The Power of Prevention [http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/pdf/2009-power-of-prevention.pdf/]

It’s official: Obamacare debuts with more canceled plans than enrollments [http://dailycaller.com/2014/01/01/its-official-obamacare-debuts-with-more-cancelled-plans-than-enrollments/#ixzz2qxTI6GAp/]

Employment-Based Health Insurance 2010 [http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p70-134.pdf/]

Health care spending in the US [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States/]

Health insurance in the United States [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_insurance_in_the_United_States/]

Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population [http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/]

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