(Taken from the comments here, Kelso explains, AGAIN, exactly how the propaganda is nothing but lies and fear tactics)
Okey-dokey, let’s do this one more time, B’Man.
I live in a country with a Single-Payer system. There is not one piece of American Anti-Single Payer propaganda that’s true. All lies:
* “DEATH” PANELS: Not true. The elderly and chronically-ill are priority patients if anything.
* THE GOVERNMENT INTERFERES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOCTOR: Not true. The government’s roles are to pay medical personnel, set salary MINIMUMS which UNIONIZED doctors, nurses, support staff may protest and always settle through a collective bargaining process.
* DOCTORS AND NURSE ARE NOT ADAQUATELY COMPENSATED: Manure. What Single-Payer does is merely make health-care essentially free for people. That’s all. They have no say in how hospitals run themselves other than providing courts through which people settle malpractice claims and the like. There is PLENTY of salary competition among hospitals, for example, for the best thoracic surgeon, or the best post-natal nurse, or whatever.
* YOU HAVE NO PRIVACY: Lie. You have more privacy because only Sheople ™ would allow a government more intrusive powers when they are the ones who put the government into power and a government is in charge of something. Yes. I excuse you guys. You can let the government walk all over you just the way you like. When these systems were put into place in other countries, there were national referenda restricting government access to doctor patient and nurse patient records and files.
* YOU HAVE NO CHOICE OF DOCTOR. Utter horseshit. You can see a different doctor for each ailment as long as you can keep finding new ones in the Yellow Pages.
* IT’S “SOCIALISM“. For people yes, for medical professionals, no. Besides, there is not a capitalist self-governing nation on Earth that is purely “free-market” or purely “socialist.” Every country is basically capitalist with some balance of the efficiency of the market economy with the social justice of collective-ownership (yes, including the USA)
* THE QUALITY OF CARE IS NOT UP TO USA STANDARDS. Please don’t tell me you believe this. About half the doctors where I live have gone to the best medical schools in the US and Europe, our National University Medical School is top-shelf as are the medical throughout South America.
* YOU CAN’T HAVE PRIVATE INSURANCE FOR EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES OR TO COVER TRANSPLANTS: Wrong. The difference is that private insurers have a hard ceiling as to what the can charge you in premiums and may not — by law — deny anybody anything for pre-existing conditions. You’d get some crazily good Major Medical coverage for $200/month, without waiving your National Health at all
* LONG LINES: Wrong. No lines. And family doctors make house-calls.
* THIRD WORLD HOSPITALS: If you consider a brand-new branch of say Johns Hopkins University Hospital to be “third world,” you’re right.
* COMMUNIST BUDGET-BUSTING SOCIAL-PROGRAM FAVORING POOR OVER WORKING MAN: Manure. The budget here is in surplus. Why? No wars of choice. No bloated military apparatus. No militarized police-prison state.
* THEY’LL RAISE MY TAXES: HR 676 will not raise your taxes. But here I pay 15% corporate. Maximum 10% personal. And 1% capital gains. You can do an awful lot of good in an economy in which nobody has an incentive to cheat because no one wants to tinker with a good thing. Again, no wars and no Tax Bureaucracy and no nosy police state does wonders for a budget.
FREE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS LESSON:
Venezuela, by the way, has less of its productive capacity in government hands than the USA does, and what it does have is actually collectively-owned by the people, as opposed to being for-profit entities for the benefit of the IRS and Federal Reserve.
The “socialist” government of Venezuela is far more fiscally and monetarily conservative than the governments of the United States have EVER been with the possible exceptions of Bush Sr’s last two years and Bill Clinton’s first two years.