Do you think Canadians are rich? Do you think Sri Lanka is rich? How do you think they pay for it?

No. I know (not think) that they established their universal systems without experiencing (or prior to) any massive runup in health care services prices caused by remarkable economic structural inefficiencies in their health care delivery mechanisms. We’re not so lucky. In our case, the cost genie is out of the bottle.

BTW, I’ve had surgery in India. (Same cost structure as Sri Lanka). The cost of treatment there is 1/10th to 1/100th of the US cost. In modern facilities, by doctors trained in the US and UK. Something to think about.

Any any rate, other countries got ahead of the cost curve, and to varying extents, prevented it from occurring, although all the universal systems worldwide are under rather substantial cost pressure; just not as much as we are.

This is, very specifically, why the “If they can do it, why not us?” reasoning falls flat on its face. We need a rather remarkable cost restructuring before any heath insurance program could succeed.

It proves what you know about health care is nothing.

Oh, lordy lord. We’re not discussing health care. We’re discussing how to create a social insurance program that would PAY for health care. If you haven’t figured that out yet, you might consider that you’re not qualified to comment on the issue.

It shows that you are just selfish and self-serving.

Mmmhm. The least popular person on any project is the one assigned to coming in on budget. I suspect that “selfish” and “self-serving” are probably two of the nicer adjectives they get called. And in our politics, it’s the conservatives who get to play that role, and take the bullets in the back that come with it from the people who believe that everyone can have a free lunch.

For the record, however, I support a universal system that works for everyone (yes, everyone!), AND incents a restructuring of our health care in such a way that services stop inflating at 2X core inflation, meaning a system that is not only functional, but sustainable on into the future.

I challenge you to think outside the box.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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