Americans want and need a better system. As the new year begins, we are all faced with choosing a health insurance program among thousands of companies competing for our hard earned dollars. The largest reason for declaring bankruptcy is health related. The United States has what could be called a "dysfunctional medical system." Even though the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) was passed under President Obama, many people are dissatisfied with the markets available.


Insurance companies are the "middle men" in our health care system. They make their money by selling insurance, not health care itself. The more claims they deny, the more money they make. This is a system that cannot sustain itself by providing health care, it must sustain itself by denying health care. A major change for America would be to go to a government-based payer system similar to Medicare, but available for every citizen.

Socialism and the single-payer health care system

This single-payer health care system is seen as "Socialism" by its detractors.

Health Care Reform / Photo - Pixabay
Health Care Reform / Photo - Pixabay

And Socialism is exactly what it is. But that's not a bad thing for the country. The United States government is largely a democratic socialist government, currently paying for much of our infrastructure, such as:

  • Social Security
  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Welfare (SNAP)
  • School lunch programs
  • Public Housing (HUD)
  • Home Energy Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Job Corps
  • Emergency Food and Shelter
  • Disaster Relief
  • Healthcare for the aged and destitute

The government sponsors and controls many social programs that benefit its citizens.


But, for some reason, most Americans think a single- payer healthcare system would be impossible for our government to manage. Powerful insurance company lobbyists also tend to reinforce the idea that a socialized healthcare system would be a bad thing.

As far as a single-payer healthcare system goes, the benefits would outweigh the arguments against privatized medicine. Medical care would be cheaper, more standardized, and available for everyone regardless of ability to pay.

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