Would a single-payer system even work?

Monday, August 21, 2017
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor with stethoscopeWe may not have heard the last of single-payer healthcare in Colorado.

During a recent town hall in The Centennial State, Linda Gorman of the Colorado-based Independence Institute says the room was filled with people cheering on universal or government-paid for healthcare.

"They were rude, they were obnoxious, and somebody got thrown out," she reports.

A vote on single-payer failed last year in Colorado. Organizers of so-called ColoradoCare claimed it would cover everyone while improving quality and savings:

"Colorado individuals and businesses would save $4.5 billion. No deductibles. No co-pays for primary care. A simple 3.33% payroll deduction."

Gorman believes people will try something like that again in Colorado. "They've said they will," she points out.

Regardless of the claim, Gorman tells OneNewsNow the reason single-payer will not work in Colorado is because it does not work anywhere it has been tried.

"People say it will be less expensive, they say that more people will get healthcare, and they say that it will be fairer somehow," she continues. "And they always point to ... Canada, or Australia, or Britain, or Switzerland -- whatever the country of the day is."

Gorman

The problem, says Gorman, is no one knows that it is less expensive.

"And it looks like it isn't, because whenever they do international comparisons, they never include the cost of sitting on a waiting list," she explains. "For example, a family member of mine needed hernia surgery. Doctor said there was no hurry, but it needed to be done, and the nurse, who was from England, said, 'If you were in England, you wouldn't be getting this surgery until you were in intense pain and part of your bowel was protruding.'"

According to Gorman, that is the difference between the U.S. system and the single-payer system.

"We get care when we need it and on our time. And the international system, the patient agony is never counted in the cost estimates that we hear from other people. That's why it doesn't work, because government is basically inefficient at managing large things," She concludes.

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