by Amy Ridenour, Ryan Balis
National Center for Public Policy Research
August 27, 2009
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but the government keeps trying to sell us one anyway. And so it is with government-run health care. Sold to the public in the guise of “free,” it is in fact more costly than any private alternative, for its price tag is more than financial. Those who chose to rely on government health care frequently pay not just in taxes, but in a more costly currency: pain, fear, suffering and death. In the pages that follow you will find 100 stories telling the tales of people who paid a costly price within their nation’s government-run health care system.



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