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How three American companies might undo decades of health-care policy

Source: Guian McGee, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Last week, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they would form an independent health-care company to serve their combined 1.2 million employees.

In trying to devise an alternative, they can look not only to America’s past, but also to Europe and Asia for ideas. Contrary to hysterical conservative portrayals of socialized medicine, in Europe and Japan, nonprofit models broadly similar to the early American efforts have long formed the backbone of high quality, cost-effective universal coverage systems.

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