The Daily Dose: The cost of implementing universal healthcare

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Universal healthcare in the United States is a topic that arises every election cycle and is always shot down unceremoniously. One of the non-ideological arguments against it is that it will cost too much. A recent study into the financial demands of implementing came to a similar conclusion. That being said, is there a cap on how much money a government is willing to spend in order to care for its citizens?

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