America would strongly benefit from a single-payer healthcare system, asserts Rob Reich in Newsweek. Currently, it spends more than twice as much on healthcare than many developed nations. Still, Americans live shorter lives and have more illnesses than in any other advanced country. A single-payer system would make every citizen contribute, which would lower costs for everyone. The private insurers that dominate U.S. health insurance give loads of money to advertising, shareholders and administrative costs. The United States must copy other leading nations and change its healthcare system.
The single-payer healthcare system would worsen American healthcare drastically, infers Peter Ferrara of Observer. It would benefit the government, which would be responsible for how and where to apply funding, whether it be patient coverage or doctor pay. Without competitors, it could make these decisions arbitrarily and unsupervised, resulting in worse care for Americans. Medicaid and the Veterans Administration are good examples of this. They use a single-payer system and have been shown to offer inadequate coverage. Healthy competition in a privatized healthcare market always offers consumers alternatives.