In a viral Op-Ed for the Washington Post calling for single-payer, Dr. David A. Ansell writes that, under America’s current arrangement, citizens “die of poverty,” which is both needless and cruel. “Our current multi-payer for-profit health insurance system perpetuates premature death by putting many people at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to affording care,” he writes.
The U.S. could afford to make the switch.
“We pay enough in health-care taxes alone — that is, the government revenue that goes to Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, and a few other things — to cover a Canada-style Medicare-for-all system for the whole U.S., and then that much again in private money,” writes Ryan Cooper for the Week.
“In other words, if we could simply copy-paste Canada’s universal health-care system into America, taxes would actually go down.”
It’s also worth noting that, while Canadians pay somewhat more in taxes than Americans do, they get far more from their government in the form of social services. That’s partly why Canada ranks, alongside other wealthy Western countries that also use tax dollars to provide universal health care and other benefits, asone of the Top 10 happiest countries on earth, significantly higher than America.
A new Congressional Republican repeal-and-replace effort doesn’t seem to be attracting much support. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) just came out against it on Twitter, calling it “Obamacare Lite.”
For now, it seems, the health care impasse will continue.
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