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05 November 2015 @ 05:54 am
One of my favorite things about being a liberal is that I don’t have to consider people my equals to want them to be treated decently. One example I’ve given is that we should have a single-payer medical system so that no one is financially ruined by illness, even people who’d much rather make sure that queers don’t marry each other. The Rude Pundit makes the same point in his own inimitable sewer-mouthed fashion.
houseboatonstyxhouseboatonstyx on November 5th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC)
Slightly from tangent, but what do you mean by 'single payer'? Would Medicare minus co-pay, plus for everyone, qualify? Or would it have to be more centralized, like the British system, or ...?
El Coyote Gordo: coy1supergee on November 5th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
I don't have much of an opinion on those details.
The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on November 5th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
I believe "Medicare for everyone, no co-pay" would be an example of a single-payer system. I'm not 100% sure how Medicare works, though.

The main point is, health care is free at point of service, and instead of collecting payments and dealing with multiple insurers the doctors instead bill the "single payer", which is a government service set up like an insurance company but with only one policy, that covers everyone, and where the motive is "provide health care", not "sacrifice the health of patients for profit". That's single payer. And there's several dozen good ways (and probably a couple of bad ways) of implementing it.
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Skibunnyporsupah on November 7th, 2015 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's a dramatic testament to just how very far the Republican party has fallen in the past few decades, when you consider Nixon guided Title X onto the books, as well as oversaw the creation of the EPA. Now, the very concept of anything but for-profit medical assistance is anathema to the party, let alone the concept of environmental preservation and conservation.

Personally, I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around the notion of proposing worse health care as being an effective vote-winner, but there you go. Politicians may not always be renowned, as a species, for accuracy and truth, but the current Republican clown car stars folk like Carson and Trump, who will vehemently deny statements they've made in books and on their own websites, let alone the zealots like Huckabee, who can't sympathise enough with a clerk refusing to perform her job, as that would entail bringing happiness and legal security to couples she personally disagrees with. (Note also that she's being paid some $80k, where the median is closer to $25k. The price of suffering, oh!)