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Data show that, except for Norway and the Netherlands, every country with a fully socialized health-care system spends less public money on health care than the United States.

Additionally, Americans spend vastly more of their own private money on health care than any other nation. At the same time, we have drastically worse health results than any other developed country. This was all true before and after Obamacare.

The data are clear. Socialized medicine is cheaper for taxpayers and more successful than private health care.

Even if you aren't fully satisfied with the public system, nothing prohibits there being a supplemental market for premium, private insurance policies. It's time for Americans to stop being robbed blind by a private health-care system that stuffs the pockets of wealthy executives at every stage of the game.

Socialized medicine won't be perfect, but it can't be worse than what we've got.

Robert Johnson, Michigan City

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.