Democrats are making the right decision in finally pushing for much-needed socialized healthcare, argues Eugene Robinson of Real Clear Politics. Already 133 million Americans benefit from some form of single-payer coverage through Medicare and Medicaid, proving how effective it can be. Socialized healthcare is not as alien a concept as many like to believe. Currently, the U.S. spends over twice as much per person as France, Britain or Canada. The results are still far worse, with embarrassingly high infant mortality rates and a lower life expectancy. The current system is ineffective, providing worse care for a higher cost.
Establishing socialized healthcare may be popular among Democrats and their supporters, but implementing it could be a lot harder than one would expect, claims Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times. Its introduction would likely result in higher taxes, which could see its popularity erode very quickly. Top Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have realized this and are still more skeptical about setting it up. The introduction of the single-payer healthcare model risks shaking up the current system. Government would suddenly be responsible for care that was private, which many Americans might not appreciate.