This post is by Jed Lewison from Daily Kos
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Most of the industrialized countries in the world have some sort of single-payer health care system, or socialized medicine. Why? Because it works. The health outcomes for citizens in those countries exceed those in the United States of America. In fact, they get better medicines at a fraction of the cost Americans pay.
Many Americans die because they cannot get affordable health care. They cannot get affordable health care because Americans continue to elect politicians who are beholden to insurance companies, drug companies, and the sick care industrial complex. They are beholden and still get elected because Americans remain misinformed and ill-informed.
Our traditional mainstream media allows politicians to lie about successful systems like the Canadian, French, British, and Taiwanese systems. Even Obamacare successes are marginalized, as illustrated by Chris Hayes in his segment a few weeks ago which aimed to reverse the health care pilfer. (The video is embedded
To many liberals, the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as Obamacare) was a gift to insurance companies. In fact, many of those opposing Obamacare did so because it didn’t go far enough. It was not Medicare for all, or a single-payer system that eliminated the inefficiencies that multiple insurance companies create. Many liberals opposed it because it did not have a public option. Corporate interests won in the short term.
And yet we must fight tooth and nail to save this imperfect system. Keep reading to find out why.