Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Feds make argument against single payer

For all the hoopla over the benefits of government-run health care schemes, one would think that the Feds would be all-in on the concept. And yet, much as Britain's MVNHS© has spawned private plans, the US government seems to be throwing at least one single-payer, government-run healthcare system under the bus:

"President Trump signed a very important bill on Wednesday that extended the Veterans Choice Program ... The bill will allow veterans to seek private care outside of the VA"

Now, there are some conditions attached: the vet must live at least 40 miles away from the nearest VA hospital, or be unable to book an appointment within a30 days. On the other hand, it's at least an acknowledgement that there aren't enough facilities, and that those that doe exist are frequently overbooked and/or understaffed.

So, at least some choice is now available to those who risked their lives in service to their country. And further proof - as if that's necessary - that single payer, government-run health care is, at best, sub-standard.
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