Some in the media are doing what they should have done in 2009 and 2010 as Republicans were lying to the American people about our healthcare system compared to those in other industrialized nations. Ali Velshi has been on a tear in busting up the myths.
Ali Velshi's myth busting continues
Ali Velshi is on a mission to re-educate Americans about the realities of our healthcare system which is far different than GOP utterances.
"I want to keep drilling down on some of these big myths that are being spouted about healthcare, surrounding the healthcare system here in the United States," Velshi said. "One of the myths we here, we have it said on this show several times is that the United States have the best healthcare system in the world."
Velshi proceeded to look at various metrics and in almost every single one the United States was dead last or bringing up the rear.
On the quality of care, the U.S. is 5th out of 11. On the access to care, we are 9 out of 11. On the equity in care, healthy lives, and efficiency, we are dead last. Saying we are the best, patting ourselves on the back as if we are the best is a stark contrast from reality.
The same is true for healthcare outcomes. America is dead last. Britain is number one, Switzerland number two, and Sweden number three.
The success or failure of a healthcare system is measure based on staying alive. Again the United States is dead last. Canada, whose system many Republicans malign, is the most effective of the eleven developed countries.
And then there is per capita spending. America spends more than twice as much as developed countries on healthcare with less than stellar outcomes. This means all that money is not going into the efficient delivery of healthcare, but into the pockets of shareholders, CEOs, and other fat cats. In other words, our health care system is a transfer of wealth from the many to the few.
"We spend more than double what everyone else in the developed world does on healthcare and our outcome and life expectancy is actually lower," said Ali Velshi. "These are the numbers. Whenever I say that everybody else gets better value for their healthcare dollar than Americans do, this is what I am talking about. I will keep going on these myths because there are a lot of them to bust.
We need more people like Ali Velshi using their mass media platform to speak up and make the case to Americans. Only then can we start changing minds in a manner that forces us to elect politicians that will destroy the status quo.
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are playing with the lives of every poor and middle-class American. As MSNBC's Ali Velshi explained, the free market simply does not work for health insurance, period. Chuck Todd recently pointed out that the new plan decimates coverage for all but mostly to the Trump voter.
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