TODAY'S RANT (1/23/19)
There is considerable noise on the media about various Democratic Presidential wannabes "ideas" about health care. Republicans response is always: "It's too expensive to go single payer", assuming they even acknowledge that there are American citizens out there beyond the 0.000001%.
So, as a quantitative guy, I looked into what it would really cost us if our taxes paid for universal health care. It's all out there. Check out the American Medical Association's numbers, the DNC's numbers (you gotta look hard for that one), the Organization of Economic Cooperation (OECD) and Washington Post as well. This is what I've come up with:
Canada has a program like Medicare for All, and its bottom line health care statistics are better than ours in spite of a worse climate (sorry Canada, I live in the desert).
We paid an average of $9506.20 per person for health care in 2016, in 2017 it rose to an average over $10,000 per capita. In Canada, they paid $4643.70 in 2016. If our system were as efficient as Canada's, we would save over $1.5 TRILLION each and every year if there isn't a depression. This is money that can be used for better purposes. If one uses the bottom line statistics, we see that both Canada and the UK (real socialized medicine) do better than we do:
Life expectancy at birth (OECD): Canada- 81.9, UK - 81.1, US - 78.8
Infant Mortality (OECD) (Deaths per 1,000): Canada - 4.7, UK - 3.8, US - 6.0
Maternal Mortality (WHO): Canada - 7, UK - 9, US - 14
So, the Republican epithet (watch Fox News sometime) that ok those guys have single payer, but their outcomes are not as good as ours, is total BS, not an uncommon occurrence from the likes of Mitch McConnell et al.
As we move toward the 2020 election we'll hear more and more BS and lies (what a surprise) from the right on health care. Remember, that they said the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) would bankrupt the country, yada, yada... The country may go bankrupt in the next decade, but from the obscene tax cut they gave to the 0.000001%.
Youall think about this now.