A central feature of health care financing in the United States is that we spend far more per capita on health care than any other country. We nevertheless leave millions of citizens uninsured. Critics on the political left and right offer different solutions, none of which have garnered sufficient support to lead to structural change. Our curious, uniquely inegalitarian system seems to represent the least unacceptable compromise we can develop among deeply conflicting cultural and political values.
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