Graph of the Day for October 24, 2009

"There are, however, no examples of successful health care based on the principles of the free market, for one simple reason: in health care, the free market just doesn't work."

 - Paul Krugman.  

Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Hoven's Index for October 24, 2009

Number of health insurance mandates (coverage requirements) required by state legislatures in the US:  over 1,900.  (Source: Council for Affordable Health Insurance.) 

Estimated annual cost of health care regulations (2004): $169 billion.  (Source: Cato Institute.) 

Estimated annual savings of nationwide medical tort reform:  $54 billion.  (Source:  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, quoting the CBO.)