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Thursday, December 15, 2011


Saving lives, spending money

Just under 3000 Americans (and others) died on 9/11/2001. Even if that event were to be duplicated every decade, which seems unlikely, that's an average of 300 Americans a year dying from terrorist attacks. Allegedly to combat that threat (but in reality for other reasons), the U.S. has spent a trillion dollars (and will spend much more, likely three or more trillion, by the time we're done paying).

45,000 Amerians die every year because of the lack of health insurance. That's 150 times as many people as the "annual death toll" from 9/11. If the government bought each one of those people a $5,000 health insurance policy, the total cost would be $225 million. Which is less than the U.S. is spending fighting a war against the people of Afghanistan every single day ($334 million).

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