I know this might read as very woe-is-us, but these are the facts: Nearly 14 percent of college graduates from the classes of 2006 through 2010 can’t find full-time work, and overall just 55.3 percent of people ages 16 to 29 have jobs.
1. Countries A,E, and G are in crisis,
2. Countries A,E, and G have social safety nets,
3. I'm not going to say that first causes the second, but I will arrange this carefully selected list of countries and note that it is suspiciously meaningful that these #1 and #2 are correlated.
1. That creating robust social safety nets is the solution to not having safety nets,
2. Social safety nets are not the causes of the downturn in any country affected by the current crisis,
3. A medicare-for-all system would spend less in health care (with better outcomes)
A 2003 study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the United States spends 345 percent more per capita on health administration than our neighbors up north. This is largely because the Canadian system doesn’t have to employ insurance salespeople, or billing specialists in every doctor’s office, or underwriters. Physicians don’t have to negotiate different prices with dozens of insurance plans or fight with insurers for payment. Instead, they simply bill the government and are reimbursed. (via)
At the beginning of each year, providers decided whether they will do business with Medicare. In other words, they choose whether or not to accept public insurance like Medicare or Medicaid. Almost all of them choose to do so, because providing health services to Medicare patients is actually a very profitable business (Medicaid patients, less so). But you can go here for a list of "participating" physicians. And for all the talk of underpayment, these providers don't participate because the law says they have to. It doesn't. They can refuse to participate in Medicare just as they can refuse to participate in Aetna. But by and large, they don't refuse, because it's good business to work with Medicare. (via)
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