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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

Zog_but_not_the_first

But the elephant in the room...

... is healthcare. From CNBC (and reflected in other sources):

"Bankruptcies resulting from unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people this year (2013) —making health care the No. 1 cause of such filings, and outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn't buffer consumers against financial hardship."

"With an average American family bringing home $50,000 in income, a high medical bill and a high-deductible insurance plan can quickly become something they are unable to pay".

As an American friend once said to me, "It's a great country - provided you aren't poor, sick or black".

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