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  •  Ezra claims that single payer helps a lot (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, Roadbed Guy

    especially with negotiating prices.  It just doesn't solve all the problems with our healthcare system and there are alternative ways to achieve the same goal with private insurance.  The majority of developed countries aren't single payer and some have high quality healthcare systems that cover everyone.

    Even if we have everyone in Medicare, we will still spend the more on healthcare than every other developed country in the world.

    Paying for expensive treatments when there are lower costs alternatives is not something single payer solves.  If a drug costs 10 times more money but is only 5% more effective than an alternative, should the government force people to use the cheaper option?

    Single payer will make those more expensive treatments cheaper, but that isn't going to make everything better.

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