Sit down. You might want to have a tranquilizer handy. And a phone, to call a doctor. Remember, it generally starts with a numbness on the left arm . . .

Now that you are braced for the shock, here it is: comprehensive health care program costs much, much more than the government anticipated.

Not shocked? You must be one of the rare few who knows that government health care plans tend to double their costs in short order, and then keep going.

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