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Ryan Bourne

R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics

Socialized Medicine: From Anecdote to Data

The CNN debate on Obamacare saw Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz jousting on the benefits of a UK‐​style healthcare system. As is often effective in debates, Ted Cruz reached for some heartbreaking UK anecdotes that indicate some of the key downsides of socialized medicine. But survival rates for major conditions tell an even more damning story.

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