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  •  Single payer (8+ / 0-)

    might actually result in better bedside care.  I had an operation done in a Canadian hospital in the 1980's.  It was the best hospital I had ever been in (and I've been in a few).  Even the food was really good!

    I don't know if every Canadian hospital is that good, now.  But clearly, having a single payer system does not necessarily mean that the quality of care in hospitals sinks to some mediocre common denominator.

    •  It probably would sink in this country (0+ / 0-)

      So many people so deeply resent the notion that they might be paying for someone who's less "deserving" than they for even a basic need of humanity that this country would almost certainly insist that basic health care be as miserable as possible so those dirty, lazy, poor people would understand just how much of a drain they are to society and not get too comfortable with other people's money.

      Never underestimate the American capacity to cut off its nose to spite its face.

      With a straight razor.

      How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

      by athenap on Tue Jul 17, 2012 at 10:14:26 AM PDT

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      •  While I appreciate (0+ / 0-)

        your reasons for saying "So many people so deeply resent the notion that they might be paying for someone who's less "deserving" than they...", I think we should back up such statements with supporting data to find out how wide-spread such attitudes really are.

        We should remember that there is a whole right-wing echo chamber that constantly repeats stuff about people who are "lazy", etc.--the very definition of propaganda.  And yet, this does not square with most people's experience of life.  Honestly done surveys find that there is deep and broad support for single-payer health care in this country.  That our politicians do not reflect this sentiment is an example of how our political system has been bought by monied interests.

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