I'd like to hear an hour long one-on-one debate between Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul on the subject. It's an honest intellectual debate.
But I believe that you can have free market capitalism and a social safety net together, and they can co-exist together.
Rand Paul may treat the uninsured in an emergency situation out of the kindness of his heart.....but that patient might not even be in that dire situation to begin with if there was such thing in this Country as: affordable accessible preventive treatment, checkups, and maintenance.
The facts are that every other major Industrialized society has a superior single-payer Health Care implementation where no one ever goes Bankrupt, no one ever gets financially cleaned out because of a Health problem, and no one ever gets denied care when they need it. And these systems cost far less money per capita than the American system does.
So Vermont is starting to do the right thing, and a social safety net doesn't make someone a slave -- it gives people the freedom to avoid being victims of the middle-man profiteering Insurance Corporations. When someone else's profitability is the determinant of whether or not you get Health Care we are in trouble.
Imagine if there was no Public Fire Department available, and your house was on fire. Some profiteering outfit would agree to put out the fire only if the cost-benefit analysis worked in their favor. If you lived across the other side of Town -- you're screwed!
So I agree with Sanders on this one.
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