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STOP BLAMING THE INSURERS (reprinted from SLATE.com)

This article is more than 11 years old.

Here's the premise:

The debate about health care tends to be informed by three notions about health insurance:

1) The profits of private insurers are so big that cutting them out would meaningfully lower costs.

2) Private insurance clearly costs more than a government-run system such as Medicare.

3) Mergers that have created a small number of huge and powerful insurers increase health care costs.

None of these is true(read on).

This program aired on May 12, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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