Here's an update on the condition of the U.S. health care system, pretty much before we completely locked into the Affordable Care Act.
First up, the Republican vision supporting a free market U.S. model no one in the world would dare try, let alone experiment on, on such a grand scale. You'll notice in the video clip below Singapore's free market attempt didn't work out well. A lesson to be learned? By everybody but Republicans.
Free market "competition" failed, just like it did in the U.S. within the "individual insurance marketplace." This flew under the radar of most Americans because they received their health care through an employer, just like many career politicians got theirs from taxpayers.
Lots of Graphs: Pictures tell the whole story, simple enough for even the lamest conservative troll to understand. Click to hopefully enlarge:
Vox: Ways the American health care system is literally the worst: The United States comes in dead last in a new, international ranking of health care systems from a top health-care non-profit. A new Commonwealth Fund report looks at how the United States stacks up against other countries on things like access to doctors and quality of care. It pulls from three separate surveys conducted over the past three years: a 2011 survey of sicker patients, a 2012 survey of doctors and a 2013 survey of adults over 18. It also uses health outcome data from the OECD and World Health Organization.
Vox: This is the most depressing graph in American health care: The chart, from a 2013 report, maps what countries spend per-person on health care against how long people in those countries live. It captures two long-standing truths about the American system: the United States consistently ranks way above peer nations in health care spending, but also ranks way behind in health care outcomes. In other words, we're not getting what we pay for.
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