The Washington Post is amazed: Last night, Candidate Sanders raised an excellent point. He also misstated the facts.
We've seen him do this many times. It drives the analysts wild:
SANDERS (4/14/16): We are the only country, major country on Earth that does not guarantee health care to all people, and yet we end up spending almost three times what the British do, 50 percent more than the French."Why does he say that?" the analysts cry. "Why does he say that we only spend 50 percent more than the French?"
We've never known what to tell them. That statistic is crazily wrong.
This morning, the Washington Post actually fact-checked this frequently flubbed fiscal factoid. They provided the actual stats, then showed us the state of our world:
KESSLER AND LEE (continuing directly from above): Sanders is citing 2013 figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Its health resources data shows the United States spends $8,713 per person for health care, compared to $4,124 for France and $3,235 for the United Kingdom.In fact, the United States spends more than twice as much as the French on a per capita basis. For years, we tried to generate interest in figures like these. Simply put, it can't be done:
That would mean the U.S. spends almost double per person than the French (50 percent only gets you to $6,186) and about 2.7 times what they spend in the U.K. So he understated the difference with the French and slightly overstated the British. But his overall point is correct—and eye-opening.
Per capita spending on health care, 2013As we've noted many times, those are astonishing data. Think how all that extra spending works out for a family of four and you have a window onto a giant example of corporate/upper end looting.
United States: $8713
United Kingdom: $3235
That said, absolutely no one is interested in exploring data like those. Rachel Maddow is much too busy diddling herself as she dreams her dreams about those telephone records from the D.C. Madam, who died in 2008. And about those SALACIOUS AUDIOTAPES! The ones involving lurid anatomical non-phone sex phone sex! Involving a red state governor! And his wife of fifty years!
Well-paid players refuse to discuss this topic on our own "news channel." Candidate Sanders often raises this important point—and when he does, he massively understates the actual size of the problem.
Last night, the Washington Post decided to post the real facts. This will, of course, be a waste of time. We couldn't help laughing at this:
"But his overall point is correct—and eye-opening."
Kessler and Lee are right in one way. Candidate Sanders' overall point is very much correct.
That said, we emitted low, mordant chuckles when they called this point "eye-opening." That's only true because big newspapers like the Post refuse to report, discuss or explore this remarkable state of affairs.
That giant amount of extra spending represents massive looting. Donald Trump's voters are getting ripped off; so are voters for Clinton and Sanders.
Big papers like the Post and the Times refuse to let voters know that. Rachel wants you thinking about who got "shtupped" long ago.