February 2016

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Last Among Equals: U.S. Healthcare

Healthcare remains a contentious issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. We wonder: Which of the following statements are true about the U.S. healthcare system today, compared with other developed countries?

A. There are significantly more people in the U.S. without healthcare coverage.
B. Healthcare costs U.S. society at least 50% more for lesser results.
C. There is much less effective cost control in the U.S.
D. Health spending reduces family incomes.

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The War on Opium

Opiates, scientifically speaking, are compounds that occur naturally in opium poppy plants. Opioids, by contrast, are synthesized compounds derived from opium, which can also be addictive. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the largest share of its population using opioids?

A. United States
B. Iran
C. Russia
D. Afghanistan

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US Students: Buried Under a Debt Mountain

The total amount of debt students in the United States take out as loans to pay for their tuition and cost of living while they seek to obtain a degree has more than tripled from the start of 2005 to 2015. We wonder: Which of the following statements about U.S. student debt today are true?

A. It is one of the largest pools of U.S. debt
B. It hinders U.S. economic growth
C. It discourages homeownership
D. The burden keeps growing

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