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Fri Mar 14, 2014, 04:56 AM

87. How I'd like to have answered that

"Senator, do you know what percentage of US personal bankruptcy filings are brought on by medical debt?"

(Mr. Burr does a little hemming and hawing)

"Senator, over 60 percent of US personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills, and the majority of those people had health insurance.

"The reality is, the United States has a Rolls-Royce healthcare system."

(Mr. Burr starts to smile at this reference.)

"Don't get happy too quick, Senator. When was the last time you actually saw a Rolls on the road? They're very expensive. They're expensive to buy. To insure. And to put tires on. Because they get six miles to the gallon, it's expensive to put gas in one. It's easier to find a parking spot for a semi because they're so big. You have to drive like you're always taking a road test because cops pull you over just on general principles as they figure anyone who can afford a Rolls can afford a lot of traffic tickets too. And God help you if you ever need to put it in the shop. And like a Rolls, the United States healthcare system is very good, but it's too expensive.

"Canada has a Chevrolet healthcare system. It's not the most superlative healthcare system in the world, but it's good. It does what a healthcare system is supposed to. It keeps Canadians healthy, and no one in Canada ever went bankrupt from doctor bills. What good is the greatest healthcare system - which the United States does not have, by the way; a lot of nations get better outcomes for less money - if a relatively small number of people can afford to use it? Canada, and Great Britain, have systems everyone can use, and they work."

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