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Had Medicare, Part E (Medicare for Everyone) passed, your wish would have already come true. Since so many Republicans/Conservatives are against national healthcare, we have what we have
As a conservative , I take exception to your assertion . We already have virtual , universal healthcare in the USA . First , it is against the law to deny service at an ER , then you have state medicaid for children ( in NY state a family earning $ 86,000 a year qualifies for medicaid ) , then you have the VA , the healthcare system for Native Americans on reservations and other govt. provided programs . This covers 50% of Americans . Then you have the healthcare provided by the private insurance programs , which covers the rest .
What I object to is a "single payer system " like Canada's or the UK . Single payer destroys excellence . Why would the best and the brightest go into medicine with all the time , effort and financial expense involved ? Single payer systems don't value physicians . What's ironic is that liberals value lawyers more than they do physicians . Maybe they should see them when they get sick .
During the summer of 2010 , the president of the Canadian Medical Association ( CMA ) looked into a camera and declared , " the Canadian Health Care System is broken " ( and yes , he is a physician ) . Why do you think that is ?
In the last 42 years , one ( 1 ) new drug has been developed in Canada , why do you think that is ?
Why do you think Canada has two sets of standards for drugs they import ; one for drugs to be exported ( and not Consumed in Canada ) , and another more stringent standard for drugs that will be consumed in Canada ?
The Obama administration told us that the Affordable Health Care Act would not provide healtcare for illegal aliens . But , it's been revealed that the relevant regulations FORBID hospitals to inquire in to the patient's immigration or citizen status . In the real world , what do you think that translates to ?
In Massachusetts , they have a state mandate for health insurance , what has that done to the cost of health insurance in that state ?