Single Payer

‘Healthcare is a right’
- Canada doesn’t think so.
Don’t miss: the Canadian government argued in court “there is no freestanding constitutional right to health care.”
http://jrghealthsectoranalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/feel-bern-no-right-to-public-health.html

Single payer always leads to rationing.
VA and Indian Health Service show reality of government-run medicine (‘Don’t get sick after June’)
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/25566-government-run-healthcare
NHS #SinglePayer junks rules rationing surgeries to those in most pain. Who gets the short end of the stick next?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/10/rationing-rules-restricting-surgery-pain-must-axed-nhs-officials/

There’s never enough money for single payer.
#SinglePayer will push California, already in deficit, off a financial cliff. #NoBailouts
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/will-single-payer-health-care-be-californias-next-big-fiscal-crisis/
Previous Calif #SinglePayer proposal foundered on huge price tag, higher payroll taxes
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article141617074.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7971

Single payer will not reduce administrative costs (e.g., ‘save money by cutting out insurance’).
#SinglePayer can’t save $500B/yr in insurance admin costs when those costs are only $194.6B/yr
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/25567-does-single-payer-signal-a-solution

Single payer politicizes healthcare.
VA touts services for 20 transgenders at same time gov’t report finds safety, cleanliness issues hospital-wide
http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/16/while-va-hospital-boasted-of-20-person-transgender-program-100000-vets-lacked-safe-care/
Future of California #SinglePayer – militant unions invest huge sums to prevent reforms.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/health-747323-california-state.html

Single payer will not equalize care for all.
Rich and poor will get same healthcare – #LIARS ! UK NHS went two-tier after gov’t hospital took private patients
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15165744.Fears_of___39_two_tier_NHS__39__as_RBH_set_to_open_its_doors_to_fee_paying_private_patients/
Rich and poor will get same care, quality and access will improve, and other pipedreams of #SinglePayer
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/25567-does-single-payer-signal-a-solution

Single-payer cheerleaders never discuss the problems with single payer, but they’re insurmountable.
- Cheerleaders cheer, but remain silent on single payer’s problems.

Letter writers thinks socialized medicine is wonderful. Ignores access problems and huge fraud in Medicaid.
http://qctimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letter-socialized-medicine-isn-t-new/article_dd0b0860-8334-5110-936a-8948eb484fc5.html
Doc advocates #SinglePayer but silent on cost, problems, own financial conflict of interest. #StickToYourKnitting
http://host.madison.com/wsj/opinion/mailbag/gop-bill-shows-need-for-single-payer—/article_3866e21f-17ec-5d5b-8b4e-ba151b8daa1a.html
-  Single payer means wait times Americans would find unacceptable.
Ave wait time for specialists lengthens to 5 mo.s in Canada, double what it was in 1993. #AnswerTheHardQuestions
http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/single-payer-is-fools-gold-for-california/
NHS #SinglePayer in meltdown as ERs record worst wait times ever
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3055158/nhs-crisis-a-and-e-waiting-times-worst-month-ever/
Wait times climbing in Australian public hospitals
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/08/amah-m08.html
VA hospitals have longer wait times than reported to regional VA leaders
http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2017/03/08/audit-va-hospital-waits-longer-reported/
Troubling report on VA wait times in North Carolina raises trust issues
http://abc11.com/politics/senators-urge-va-hospital-action-after-troubling-report/1798751/
- Venezuela’s single payer system is a complete mess.
 Venezuela hospital beds empty because treatment and supplies nonexistent. ‘Give the job to someone who cares’.
http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2432712&CategoryId=10717
Baseball star can’t find medicine for dad in Venezuela. #SinglePayerRealities
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/mac-engel/article138282223.html
- Who are you going to call when #SinglePayer docs go on strike?
Kenya fires striking #SinglePayer docs.
http://www.voanews.com/a/kenyan-firing-doctors-in-dispute-over-collective-bargaining-agreement/37606
Government docs strike in India.  #SinglePayer doctor strikes not just for Kenya and UK anymore.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/2017/mar/16/patients-left-in-lurch-as-doctors-continue-strike-1581915.html94.html
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Single payer leads to covert euthanasia.
#SinglePayer numbers will never add up without systemic euthanasia. NHS found that out. Admit it.
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/25567-does-single-payer-signal-a-solution
- Support for single payer drops when the problems with it are considered.
Support for #SinglePayer drops dramatically if cost included in poll question
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/03/27/how-do-americans-feel-about-single-payer-health-care-its-complicated/?utm_term=.e96ffd2a8cac

Wrong: ‘Single payer is not socialized medicine, because medical services are delivered by private providers.’
Hairsplitters whine that #SinglePayer not ‘socialized medicine’ but there are no agreed definitions of these terms
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-universal-healthcare-california-20170313-story.html

Government healthcare: the cost goes up, the quality goes down, and the system becomes inhumane.

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As the imminent collapse of Obamacare becomes more and more painfully clear, Democrats on Capitol Hill have been pow-wowing about transmutating the failed law into a fully government-run choiceless health control system, specifically, universal Medicare.

But, the average Medicare beneficiary receives three dollars in benefits for every dollar they contributed to the program.[1-3]  Obviously, extending that to the entire nation is mathematically impossible: no program can pay three times as much in benefits as it receives in funding.

Further, all those funds ultimately come from taxpayers, either in federal income tax, or higher prices consumers pay on goods as a result of taxes on corporations.  There is no free lunch.

And, if there’s any doubt at all remaining about Medicare’s efficiency, reading this one tiny provision of the law should settle that question permanently, in the negative:

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/42/7/XVIII/E/1395y

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Notes:

[1] http://www.aei-ideas.org/2009/08/have-seniors-really-paid-for-their-medicare-benefits/

This typical person paid around $64,971 in Medicare payroll taxes over his lifetime. Likewise, after netting out Medicare premiums, he’ll receive around $173,886 in lifetime Medicare benefits.

[2] http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/social-security-medicare-benefits-over-lifetime.pdf

[3] http://american.com/archive/2011/october/is-medicare-a-ponzi-scheme

 

 

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