An estimated 22,000 Americans die each year who would not otherwise had they adequate health coverage. (See: pnhp.org.)

The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world. It spends 40% more per capita on healthcare than the next most expensive country. Yet, the U.S. is ranked 37th in the world in terms of health-system results. A huge part of the cost is on account of private-insurance-provided care costing more than 3 times as much in insurance overhead when compared to Medicare, Medicaid, and VA care. The other huge area of cost is ordering too many unnecessary tests and performing too many unnecessary surgeries and the like. This is not driven by malpractice suits. It's driven by profit-seeking at the expense of patients and others.

(See: "The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care," by Atul Gawande. The New Yorker. June 1, 2009.)


Chris Wright over on Facebook commented:

Chris Wright at 3:36pm June 29
Single payer systems do not work and end up going bankrupt and rationing healthcare (like Canada does). A better way is through incentives to actually make things cheaper. Despite higher costs, America has the best healthcare in the world.

And that 46 M without health insurance includes illegal aliens, inclues folks my age who don't want it to... Read More begin with. Ages 24-34 who usually don't want it. And includes people who make over 50,000 and 75,000 a year who can afford but just havent bought any. Around 8 million are chronic and can't get any. I think a health voucher would be good and much cheaper. :O)

Not sure where you stand but just felt like saying that :O)

I replied:

No harsh tone intended in the following:

Which single-payer went bankrupt and didn't recover or reorganize as still public?

Also, where did you get the idea America has the best healthcare in the world? That's a thought-terminating sound bite. According to the article cited in my post, America is ranked 37th. The U.N., for instance, ranks France as number one.

Did you read the post and the linked articles?

In addition, the number of people who aren't covered in the U.S. for the reasons you gave doesn't compare. Other first-world nations treat everybody regardless of private insurance, and they don't send people to emergency rooms for primary care or to county hospitals.

Here's some food for your mind:

As for where I stand, I'm an Acts-communist.

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need." (Acts 2:44-45 KJVR)

I'm not a Marxist. I don't hold with coercion. I'm a Christian.

I'm anti-capitalist and take Acts 2:44-45 to another level via the Christian Commons:

Peace to you.


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