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  •  Appearances to the world will have little effect (10+ / 0-)
    If for no other reason, America's current healthcare system makes us appear barbaric to the rest of the world.
    The real reason why some version of single-payer will prevail is that it is the most efficient system. Other systems will crack under the strain of an aging population. However once we eventually get to single-payer, however long that takes, it will be very hard for any other system to show that it would improve things if we changed to it.
    •  Disagree... (3+ / 0-)

      ...when America appears foolish to the rest of the world, it has repercussions.  To list those repercussions would take a separate diary.

      And to the rest of the world, our current health system appears medieval.

      "You just gotta keep on livin man! L-I-V-I-N!" - Wooderson

      by wyvern on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:37:51 AM PST

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      •  Well let's agree to disagree (2+ / 0-)
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        james321, Deep Texan

        I am all for Single-Payer, but I could care less about the opinion of the rest of the world towards the US on this issue. If I'm not moved then I have a hard time seeing how the GOP in Texas or Alabama would be. The biggest outside influence on US healthcare is that other countries have done single-payer and shown that it works.

        Btw you don't have to list all repercussions, but at least tell me one path that world public opinion about the U.S. health care system would have an effect. I just can't see it.

      •  foolish (2+ / 0-)
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        Deep Texan, james321

        We still execute people.

        We still frequently fail to teach science in public school science classes.

        We've looked foolish to the rest of the world for many years.

        These things may have repercussions, but those repercussions don't seem to involve correcting the problems.

        The plural of anecdote is not data.

        by Skipbidder on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:09:20 PM PST

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