“If you want an example of a successful single-payer system, just look at Medicare,” many say.
I say, not really.
A single-payer system is the form of universal health-care Canada and Great Britain use. Several groups are advocating for it. People on the right tend to view it as socialized medicine at its worst. Many on the left think it’s ideal. President Obama has tried to distance himself–and his plan–from it, frustrating some Democrats.
With Medicare, the government is the single payer. And it’s worked so well, some say, why not just extend it to all?
The problem is, Medicare is not working well. The reason it’s been somewhat successful is it has been subsidized, in an indirect way, by private insurers.