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Department of Corrections: Des Moines skyscrapers are unexpectedly tall

Nick Johnson writes in:

Great piece on health prices, but your analogy -- US health care prices : other countries' health care prices :: NY skyscrapers : Des Moines skyscrapers -- does a disservice to Des Moines.

According to Wikipedia the Empire State Building is less than 3 times the height of Des Moines' Principal Building.

By Ezra Klein  |  November 3, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
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to say nothing about the soil around Des Moines. You can't build on it; you can't grow anything in it. The government
says it's due to poor farming. But I know what's really going on, Stuart!

Posted by: ThomasEN | November 3, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse


Empire State = 1250ft (roof)
Principal Building = 630ft

Posted by: bwill1 | November 3, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Say what you want. You can't take the Des Moines out of Des Moines and you can't take the Iowa out of DesMoines. They can have the tallest building in the world, and it would still be 'who cares?'

Now Iowa City, that's a city to luv.

Full Desclosure: The best pork chop I ever ate in a restaurant was in Iowa. It is advisable however to avoid downwind placement from pig processing plants. How do they stand it?

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | November 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

One good correction is to see that the issue of towering U.S. pay rates for doctors (per procedure) is simply the *same issue* as "wasted/ineffective procedures", from another angle.

If you do an effective treatment of a condition with a 80% success rate, you can earn more per hour doing it than a competitor (in any country) that addresses the same condition with a 40% success rate (per procedure).

Posted by: HalHorvath | November 3, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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