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The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill

Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times

Americans pay, on average, about four times as much for a hip replacement as patients in Switzerland or France and more than three times as much for a Caesarean section as those in New Zealand or Britain. The average price for Nasonex, a common nasal spray for allergies, is $108 in the United States compared with $21 in Spain. The costs of hospital stays here are about triple those in other developed countries, even though they last no longer, according to a recent report by the Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that studies health policy.

And yet, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, has been brought up for repeal votes 37 times by House Republicans.

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