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Shoe by Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly for March 22, 2020

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    eastern.woods.metal  almost 2 years ago

    It’s called TAXES. Mind you the tax will be less than your insurance but people won’t see it that way. How you like your insurance with the covid19 going around

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    dadthedawg  almost 2 years ago

    There’s no such thing as a free launch….

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    anymouse77  almost 2 years ago

    Depends on how much money you make. The more money you make, the more taxes you pay (in theory).

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    rshive  almost 2 years ago

    Smart bird.

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    BRBurns1960  almost 2 years ago

    A bundle less 2 grand according to the Koch brothers and others. (In other words, your taxes will go up but you will end the year with $2,000 more spending money)

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    david_42  almost 2 years ago

    I think Medicare (real Medicare, not Medicare for All) should be a public option on insurance exchanges. Mine is managed by a private non-profit hospital chain and they do a great job.

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    LKrueger41  almost 2 years ago

    It is good to see someone asking the right question.

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    John Leonard Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    “Free”? Who’s offering “free” healthcare? They’re just suggesting that your tax dollars be used to benefit you.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    The answer to “Who would pay for universal healthcare?” We would, with a lot more help from those making more than $5 million year. The Medicare For All plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren would save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars each year and would prevent tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, a new study shows. The analysis, conducted by researchers at Yale University, the University of Florida and the University of Maryland, found that transitioning the U.S. to a single-payer health care system would actually save an estimated $450 billion each year, with the average American family seeing about $2,400 in annual savings. The research, which was published in the medical journal The Lancet, also found that Medicare for all would prevent about 68,000 unnecessary deaths per year. “Our study is actually conservative because it doesn’t factor in the lives saved among underinsured Americans—which includes anyone who nominally has insurance but has postponed or foregone care because they couldn’t afford the copays and deductibles,” Alison Galvani, an author of the study and researcher at the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis at the Yale School of Public Health, told Newsweek. Overall, the new research anticipates annual savings of about 13 percent in national health care costs, while providing better health care access to lower-income families. According to the study, about 37 million Americans do not have health insurance, while an additional 41 million people do not have adequate health care coverage. Taken together, about 24 percent of the total population does not have health care coverage that can be expected to meet their future, and even current needs “The entire system could be funded with less financial outlay than is incurred by employers and households paying for health-care premiums combined with existing government allocations,” the authors wrote in the study.

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    Diane Lee Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    This is a list of the countries that adopted universal health care, the date they adopted it, and the date they gave it up because of all the problems:

    Australia1975Still Going

    Austria1967Still Going

    Bahrain1957Still Going

    Belgium1945Still Going

    Brunei1958Still Going

    Canada1966Still Going

    Cyprus1980Still Going

    Denmark1973Still Going

    Finland1972Still Going

    France1974Still Going

    Germany1941Still Going

    Greece1983Still Going

    Hong Kong1993Still Going

    Iceland1990Still Going

    Ireland1977Still Going

    Isael1995Still Going

    Italy1978Still Going

    Japan1938Still Going

    Kuwait1950Still Going

    Luxembourg1971Still Going

    Netherlands1966Still Going

    New Zealand1938Still Going

    Norway1912 Still Going

    Portugal1979Still Going

    Singapore1993Still Going

    Slovenia1972Still Going

    South Korea1988Still Going

    Spain1986Still Going

    Sweden1994Still Going

    United Arab Emirates1971 Still Going

    Untied Kingdom1948Still Going

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    asmbeers  almost 2 years ago

    We saw signs of that cost with Obamacare, $6000 a month on average.

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    sparkle 13 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    You’ll be DEAD before that happens buddy !!! Lol

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    Linguist  almost 2 years ago

    We have National Health Care Insurance (IESS) here in Ecuador plus free care for those who can’t afford to pay for the insurance, and private clinics and private insurance for those who chose to use it. Most of the upper-income citizens do use private physicians and clinics at a cost a fraction of the cost of medical care in the U.S. Private doctors, specialists, and dentist visits run from $15 to $35 depending on the doctor and what needs be done.

    I am 75 and my wife 60 and our IESS cost is $83 per month for both of us for complete coverage ( no co-pays here ). Since I’ve lived here I have had both eyes operated on for cataract removal and a lens implant, two skin cancer biopsies – one requiring plastic surgery – and two _complete- physical examinations done for virtually no cost! Couldn’t do that in the States…

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    Brain Pudding  almost 2 years ago

    How much will it cost? Well, at least half of all your income.However the more important cost to you: Lost life and more suffering due to rationing. Less choice, lower quality, less access.Those are the real costs.

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    paranormal  almost 2 years ago

    Excellent question!

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    Dean  almost 2 years ago

    I see that we have some new names of commenters here today.

    It has been said that the latest Russian propaganda attacks were going to be more subtle.

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    Saddenedby Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    no one can answer that question – even the ones who think they don’t have to pay a cent – because someone else somewhere paid for it – nice freeloading – works if you can get it. BUT somewhere someone paid for you!!!!! governments DO NOT MAKE money – they may print it but none of them anywhere in the world MAKE money – they just spend someone else’s.

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    cuzinron47  almost 2 years ago

    Must be middle class. I know the 1%ers wouldn’t even ask that question since they don’t pay anything.

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    Mariah13  almost 2 years ago

    MORE!

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    wlbr549  almost 2 years ago

    Don’t ask if you don’t want to know!

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    falcon_370f  almost 2 years ago

    Rule of Capitalism #1: nothing but nothing is free!

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    Claire Jordan  almost 2 years ago

    Much less – the current US system is insanely expensive.

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    Ray  almost 2 years ago

    I hope they pay P. J. O’Rourke a royalty for ripping off his line.

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