I've tried to understand health care for years. After 7 minutes with this guy, I totally get it now.

For as infuriatingly gigantic, messy, and crazy as our health care system is, this guy sure makes all the bajillion parts pretty easy to wrap your brain around. If you get insurance through your job, you'll want to pay attention at 1:45. If you're over 65, 2:07 is where you want to go. At 3:46, he explains why even though we're supposed to have a health care program for people who are too poor to afford insurance, it's almost impossible to qualify for it. And if, like me, you were under the impression that the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") was going to fix things, 5:20 should disabuse you of that puppy-rainbows-kittens fantasy.

FACT CHECK TIME! Yes, indeed, U.S. spending on medical research counts for the vast majority of R&D spending in the world, although according to the The Economist and U.S. News, Japan and China are not far behind. His assertion at 4:56 that even the poorest adults without children don't get Medicaid is backed up by these reports from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Huffington Post. KFF also confirms that under the ACA, 5 million people will be left without insurance as a result of the Supreme Court decision that left the Medicaid expansion in the hands of the states. And the CBO confirms that, although the government only gives health coverage to one-third of all Americans, it foots the bill for two-thirds.

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