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To: Mandy Brule From: Eric Russo Subject: Single-Payer Health Care Date: 11/2/10 Is it fair that 47% of people in the richest country in the world are not covered by health insurance, and that thousands more have gone bankrupt from devastating hospital bills? If single- payer health care was implemented every American citizen and legal person would be fully covered by health insurance, rich or poor. Easily seen by the fact that half of our country cannot afford health care and that thousands more have gone bankrupt, America’s health insurance is more expensive than any other country in the world. With single-payer health care not only would every person be covered equally, America would be able to save 300 billion dollars annually. Along with that, the government does not gain more power in medical decisions; although it is publically financed, decisions are left to the doctor and patient. The switch to single-payer health insurance would create a healthier and more economically stable population. (PNHP1) America’s current health care system is based on income. If one can afford it than they can have it, otherwise you are out of luck. With 58 percent of the American population spending at least one year in poverty, and currently with 35.9 million people in poverty, this system seems to only be
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