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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics, 2nd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Why the U.S. System Is So Hard to Change

Despite skyrocketing costs, 46 million uninsured, and Medicare’s financial problems, the U.S. system is hard to change for three main reasons.

1. Most People Are Happy

About 83 percent of the U.S. population of 300 million has private health-care insurance or Medicare, and they are happy with it. They may not be happy with the cost of the insurance, and there are horror stories (many true) about people being denied coverage or having their coverage pulled when they became ill.
But most people are happy, or at least prefer the status quo over the fear that their private or Medicare coverage will change if the tens of millions of uninsured became insured. In other words, most of the 250 million insured ...

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