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Subject: Re: Socialized medicine - Part Nth Date: 10/3/2012 1:20 PM
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The alternative is a total collapse of everything....
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Is that what you want?


Of course not. But this is the false choice the GOP presents you with.

"Either we take away healthcare for seniors or we go bankrupt."

There are alternatives, the problem is that neither you or the GOP want to consider them.
The entire rest of the developed world has some kind of universal/socialized healthcare system which is FAR less expensive than the US system while (in many countries) offering a comparable level of care. Please don't believe the nonsense the GOP tells you about the state of European healthcare.

The US in fact HAS a nationalized healthcare system which provides good care at a fraction of the cost of the private market. It's the Veteran's Health Administration, and it's far, far more efficient in its use of resources.

If you REALLY want radically cheap, efficient healthcare, you could create a public system like the VHA for basic healthcare and leave it to everyone to get private insurance and treatment for the bells and whistles, if they want.

It's not necessarily what I would advocate, but it's CERTAINLY a better option than just abolishing Medicare and leaving seniors to fend for themselves.
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