Medicare as an Example of Government Health Care
People that use Medicare as an example of "a government single payer system that works" are ignoring one very important aspect of the system- it is going broke. It is going broke in such a titanic way that it threatens to take the entire government budget down with it. Medicare seems like a bargain only because the people getting it are not paying for most of it. In fact, none of us are paying for all of it yet, we are just borrowing to cover the shortfalls.
Anything you buy on credit seems like a good deal until you have to pay for it. Many of you have experienced buying for example, a new car. The first month it seems like a great deal. You are enjoying it, but you haven't paid for it yet. After about the 25th payment you are regretting it every month. That is the experience Western countries are about to have with their dalliance with socialism. The government has "provided" all these goodies to the population using the people's credit card and the politicians simply left it to the next generation to pay for their promises. Well, that generation is here, and they can't pay the tab they have been stuck with and are pretty angry about the scam. The use of public debt benefited one generation at the expense of the other, and the bankers most of all.
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