This idea of health care for all NC is pie in the sky. Why do you think it will ever happen?
The passage of Medicare in 1965 also seemed impossible, and many people fought it. But an idea that serves a great majority of people, coupled with economic pressures and strengthened by moral imperatives and taken up by a dedicated group, often becomes an obvious solution. One reason health care costs in the US are so high is that administrative costs and profits take about $350 billion per year.
Another reason health care costs in the US are higher than any other developed country’s is because so many people have no insurance. Their expenses are passed on to the people who are insured. Both hospitals and insurance companies use paying customers to cover non-paying customers.
Isn’t single payer just a cover for socialist medicine? Isn’t single payer government run health care? Won’t it drive doctors out of business or out of the country?
No, socialist medicine would be the government being the employer of health care workers, being responsible for the budgets of all clinics and hospitals, and also being the bill-payer. The Veterans Administration is government run health care. Despite its recent problems due to underfunding and increased demand for services, it is very efficient and delivers care that most veterans find very……….,
Wouldn’t single payer mean rationing like in Canada?
The rumors about rationing in Canada come mostly from the US health insurance industry. Canadians overwhelmingly support and cherish their system, and voice surprise that anyone in the US would willingly choose the US system over theirs.