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U.S. Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialized Nations, but Quality Varies      : Information Clearing House

U.S. Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialized Nations, but Quality Varies      : Information Clearing House

U.S. Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialized Nations

By Mary Mahon

May 03, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -- May 3, 2012, New York, NY—The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialized countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. The U.S. spent nearly $8,000 per person in 2009 on health care services, while other countries in the study spent between one-third (Japan and New Zealand) and two-thirds (Norway and Switzerland) as much. While the U.S. performs well on breast and colorectal cancer survival rates, it has among the highest rates of potentially preventable deaths from asthma and amputations due to diabetes, and rates that are no better than average for in-hospital deaths from heart attack and stroke.

Finding Bin Laden: The Truth Behind the Official Story       : Information Clearing House

Finding Bin Laden: The Truth Behind the Official Story       : Information Clearing House

Finding Bin Laden: The Truth Behind the Official Story

By Gareth Porter

May 03, 2012 "Information Clearing House" -- A few days after US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a "senior intelligence official" briefing reporters on the materials seized from bin Laden's compound said the materials revealed that bin Laden had, "continued to direct even tactical details of the group's management." Bin Laden was, "not just a strategic thinker for the group," said the official. "He was active in operational planning and in driving tactical decisions." The official called the bin Laden compound, "an active command and control center."

The senior intelligence official triumphantly called the discovery of bin Laden's hideout, "the greatest intelligence success perhaps of a generation," and admin…