It takes the wit and wisdom of the incomparable Santa Cruz cartoonist Tim Eagan to point out what no one else will: as much as the Affordable Health Care Act sucks, it's not like opponents have developed a better idea. Me? I'm for Medicare for all, funded by deductions like Social Security. If you want your own gold plated policy buy it for yourself. But as I am fond of saying, I've never met anyone who dumped Medicare or the VA in favor of buying a private policy from the vampire squids of the private health insurance scam market.
From Huffington Post:
Martin was in Washington D.C. to answer questions from a U.S. Senate subcommittee led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on different health care systems around the world. When Burr asked Martin "on average how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year," she answered with a fact about the American healthcare system.
"Do you know?" Burr asked.
“I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all," Martin said.
But that wasn't the only question Martin schooled Burr on. There was also this exchange:
Burr: What do you say to an elected official who goes to Florida and not the Canadian system to have a heart valve replacement?Martin: It’s actually interesting, because in fact the people who are the pioneers of that particular surgery, which Premier Williams had, and have the best health outcomes in the world for that surgery, are in Toronto, at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, just down the street from where I work.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/13/danielle-martin-richard-burr_n_4958164.html
So what I say is that sometimes people have a perception, and I believe that actually this is fueled in part by media discourse, that going to where you pay more for something, that that necessarily makes it better, but it’s not actually borne out by the evidence on outcomes from that cardiac surgery or any other.