Congress examines single-payer healthcare EEK SOCIALISM!!!
March 12, 2014 9:06 PM Subscribe
Six years ago, PBS's feature documentary program, Frontline
, aired Sick Around the World
, a documentary examining health care systems around the world -- and specifically how all those featured were generally superior to the American system. (2008 MeFi post
Today, the American Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging
brought the debate over single-payer care to Washington. C-SPAN has a fine video of the hearing
, which features seven witness representing health care systems and think tanks from around the US and the world.
The witnesses included:
- Tsung-Mei Cheng, a health policy research analyst at Princeton, who argued that single payer =/= socialism.
- David Hogberg, a healthy policy analyst and Fox News darling.
- Jakob Kjellberg, a Danish analyst.
- Victor Rodwin, a professor at NYU, and an expert on the French health care system.
- Danielle Martin, a Canadian physician and hospital executive, who is also a past chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.
- Sally Pipes, Candian-born president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, a right-leaning policy think tank in California.
- Ching-Chuan Yeh, a former Minister of Health from Taiwan.
The hearing was chaired by Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
, with ranking member Richard Burr (R-NC)
providing the Republican angle and perhaps the choicest line of the day, pointing out without irony that "the American health care system has access for everybody. It's called the emergency room."