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Lowering health-care spending means denying treatments, closing hospitals, and cutting provider salaries. Politically, this has proven impossible. (Photo: iStock)

“America spends more on health care than other rich nations, but has lower life expectancy.” If I had a nickel for every time I have been informed this by an email, seen it in a headline, heard it in conversation, or watched it scroll across my social media feed, I would be able to personally fund a single-payer health-care system.

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