Republicans Continue to Beat the Drum for True Universal Health Care in This Country

medical-billsI try my best to avoid the health care debate when I’m dealing with conservatives. It’s maddening to me how idiotic so many of them are when it comes to this issue in this country. Even when you point out that our life expectancy in the U.S. sits closer to Mexico than it does Canada, and the fact that every country leading the world in average life expectancy has universal health care, those facts have absolutely no impact on their opinion.

They still honestly believe that universal health care will lead to decreased quality of care and shorter lifespans for Americans – even though facts tell us the complete opposite.

Republicans often use the argument that “people come here for the best health care treatment.” And that’s partially right. If you can afford it, the United States does offer some of the best health care in the world. The problem is, the vast majority of Americans can’t – and won’t ever be able to – afford that level of care.

And even when the subject of the Affordable Care Act is brought up, what do Republicans complain about most?

  • It increases premiums. (The fact remains it increases them for some, but lowers them for others. Besides, health care spending has risen at its lowest rate in decades.)
  • Companies are cutting hours to avoid having to provide health care. (Though, in my opinion, this is about the greed of corporations rather than a “burden” caused by the ACA.)
  • It’s forcing people to change health care plans. (Insurance companies were already doing this, now they’re just blaming the health care law for it.)
  • People can’t choose the doctor they want. (Another issue that was around well before the ACA.)
  • It’s a job killer. (A lie that’s been soundly debunked.)

There are a few others, but these are some of the main ones I continually see.

But what cracks me up the most about all of those Republican talking points is that they’re essentially arguments as to why we need universal health care.

If we had universal health care it would:

  • Eliminate the issue of health care premiums.
  • Remove the burden from companies to provide health care to its employees.
  • Cover practically everything so there’d be no need to change plans.
  • Have no “network” to really deal with.
  • Actually create thousands of health care jobs as suddenly the market was flooded with new patients seeking treatment.

And the question I always love to ask these people is, “If universal health care is so terrible, why are Canadians happy with it and living longer lives than Americans?”

Usually what follows is some kind of right-wing gibberish full of false equivalency and talking points that sound great, but don’t make a whole lot of sense.

So, as Republicans continue to rail against the Affordable Care Act, an issue that’s obviously going to be pushed even more so now that they control the Senate, what they’re actually doing (even though they’re too dense to realize it) is beating the drum for the need for universal health care in this country.

Because no matter how many issues they try to claim “Obamacare” causes (most fake, some legitimate), they can almost always be solved by passing a true, single-payer health care system in the United States.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    I was taught to always look more at what a person does than what they say.

    While there was a move to modernize medicine, the House (repub majority) gutted the bill to make it almost exclusively about financing insurance plans (good for the rich Insurance Company donors) rather than real healthcare reform. Since then, even though it was their plan, they’ve wasted untold resources in holding silly meetings trying to recall or abolish it.|

    Then the repubs in many states (including my MO) fought tooth and nail against setting up the exchanges. They fought to deny medicaid expansion. Even though these measures in my mostly rural state were actually cutting off our noses to spite our faces. For example, rural hospitals lacking patients that could pay (as rural unemployment and poverty are high) are forced to close – meaning that you had to go long distances to get healthcare of any kind.

    Even only being about financing, ACA has done many good things.

    And I wonder, is this article about a feeble attempt by the repubs to do exactly as Obama predicted ? That is once the ACA / Obamacare is a success, the repubs will embrace it and call it GOPcare or similar.

  • Keith

    All that is because Republicans are not interested in facts. They are going to do what ever the Koch brothers, Walton family, etc. tell them to do

  • GenerallyConfused

    I keep hearing how we “can’t afford it” and “I don’t want my taxes raised.” I always say the same thing: Actually, you’d most likely get more in your paycheck because you wouldn’t be paying all the insane costs of your health insurance coverate involved with your employer.

    Personally, I’d gladly pay a little bit more in tax and get the difference of the $350+ I pay in health care each paycheck.

    Another point I hear from conservatives is: “You don’t want the government to run it, they ruin everything they touch.” When in reality, we have a system already set up where we could go to something like Germany has now. The government pays the premiums, the health insurance companies manage and people can still choose which company to go with. (It’s rather ingenious, imho)

    Honestly, I highly doubt, with free speech money and corporate personhood, I will see the US go to a healthcare for all scenario in my lifetime. Too many ways to make a buck, too many ways to keep being greedy. And that’s what it seems to be all about.. being greedy.

  • bspoon

    The Affordable Care Act is not universal. Not even close. Never was.