Nader on Healthcare

Ralph Nader, speaking at BYU's Alternate Comme...

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I strongly support single-payer healthcare and am so disappointed we aren’t getting the public option. An option provides people with free choice. Aren’t we the Land of the Free? I suppose I have a different definition of freedom than many.

Anyway, here’s what Ralph has to say on the matter:

In the Public Interest
Follow the Bills
By Ralph Nader
2/1/12

Looking at millions of individual bills that makeup the 2.7 trillion dollars of annual health care costs opens a gigantic window on the massive waste, redundancy, profiteering, fraud and sometimes criminal over-billing.

Here is a partial example of what I mean, in the words of Philip M. Boffey, the estimable science writer for the New York Times:

“Why does an appendectomy in Germany cost roughly a quarter what it costs in the United States? ($3,285 compared to $13,123). Or an MRI scan cost less than a third as much, on average, in Canada? ($304 compared to $1,009).

“Americans continue to spend more on health care than patients anywhere else. In 2009, we spent $7,960 per person, twice as much as France, which is known for providing very good health services. And for all that spending, we get very mixed results—some superb, some average, some inferior—compared with other advanced nations.”

Moreover, France and Germany, Italy, England, Canada, Belgium, Sweden and all other western countries plus Japan and Taiwan cover almost all their citizens, unlike the U.S. where 50,000,000 people are uninsured. More . . .

I’ve lived in Korea and Japan and was satisfied with the National Health programs there.

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