In the U.S., health insurance plays a major role in our healthcare system, and (not surprisingly) absorbs a big chunk of our healthcare dollars. A single payer system, either private or government run, could eliminate or reduce the complex system of traditional insurance, and could divert funds into provision of care. (A single payer system is popular in many/most of our peer countries, such as Canada, the UK, Australia, etc. Our own Medicare system is single payer, but predominantly restricted to those age 65+). To date, this has been continually defeated in the U.S. 1. Why are we opposed to implementing a single payer system in the U.S.? 2. Do you think this could become a reality in the U.S. in the foreseeable future?
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