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StethoscopeIf you think Obamacare is a great idea, consider the Medicare bill for a simple procedure. Stephen Lendman revealed how a simple 15 to 20-minute ultrasound procedure cost Medicare $1875.

Meanwhile, for a 10-minute ultrasound procedure that I recently had at a private clinic in Ontario, Canada, it only cost around $100, and was paid for by the provincial government.

Someone told me that if it wasn’t for Medicare, seniors could scarcely afford treatment. Yet, in my view, Medicare is exactly part of the problem.

Medicare, like the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, is a single payer system, yet Medicare has the entire U.S. tax base of over 313 million residents, whereas OHIP only has a tax base of nearly 13 million residents.

The fact that Medicare is a national, centralized system is part of the reason why it’s so costly and inefficient.

Since the federal program of Medicare is so expensive, what would make anyone think that Obamacare will be so much more efficient, when former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has said: “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Previously, I wrote the article, Medicare cost 744% more than forecasted in 1990 — 25 years after its inception in 1965.

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On the May 27, 2012 episode of the Progressive Radio Newshour with Stephen Lendman, he revealed what Medicare was billed for his recent 15 to 20-minute ultrasound procedure.

At 13:37, he said:

For this simple procedure, the bill was $1875.

For more on health care, see my article, Medicare cost 744% more than forecasted by 1990, 25 years after its inception in 1965, and, The first step in health care reform: recognizing that health care is not a right.

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