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  1. 4 days ago on Lisa Benson

    That traffic is a two-way street. Tens of thousands of Americans seek affordable treatment outside the country. American medical technology is first rate, but often outcomes are no better or worse. Access to the masses is poor because of cost. Life expectancy is lower in US than many other developed countries.

  2. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    The voters – it’s a democracy.

  3. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    I am pro-choice where it makes sense to be pro-choice (widgets, etc.) and anti-choice where it does not make sense (fire departments, police departments, the military, etc.). The competitive model works well for developing medical technology and medical devices. It does not work well for providing affordable health care. The American for-profit system costs about double other world healthcare systems, and health outcomes are often no better or worse. WHO rates the U.S. health care system about 37th in the world. Life expectancy in the U.S. under for-profit health care is about 78 years compared to Canada under single payer at about 81. The facts seem to support something other than for-profit health care as being the desirable model. If your choice is bloated profits and salaries to the health care industry, go for the profit system; if you want affordable health care for the masses, that is not the rational choice.

  4. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    Some things work best under the profit-motive competitive model and some things do not. Medical care does not. If you get hit by a bus, you do not want to shop around for medical treatment. Medical treatment is highly standardized – the providers all have to meet certain standards and basically provide a similar level of care. Granted some practitioners may be more proficient or more experienced than others, but under single-payer you often are able to select your practitioner. So far as where Canadians would go for medical treatment, they would stay at home and get world class care. A more relevant fact is that thousands of Americans would not have to go to third-world countries for affordable treatment (medical tourists).

  5. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    Why would you choose not to participate? You are either Immortal or very foolish.

  6. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    Further to above, Trump supporters will be seriously disappointed and they will pay the political price.

  7. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    Americans will not get cheaper Insurance under present philosophies. There are only two ways to get cheaper Insurance 1. single-payer 2. highly controlled not-for-profit Insurance based plans, neither of which are acceptable to the American way.

  8. 5 days ago on Lisa Benson

    It’s not freeloading, it’s a more efficient way of paying for a service by by-passing the profit-motive insurance industry.

  9. 16 days ago on Tom Toles

    You’re over analysing.

  10. 17 days ago on Tom Toles

    Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Teck, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas and many more. Nothing will change until values and the politics of power and money change.