The following article by Jonathan Cohn, was published on the Huffington Post website February 6, 2016:
Health care got some attention in Saturday night’s GOP presidential debate. And when it was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s turn to speak, he started by cataloging the alleged evils of “socialized medicine.” Here’s the full quote:
Socialized medicine is a disaster. It does not work. If you look at the countries that have imposed socialized medicine, that have put the government in charge of providing medicine, what inevitably happens is rationing. You have a scarcity of doctors. … And that means the elderly are told: We’re going to ration a hip replacement; we’re going to ration a knee replacement. We’re going to ration end-of-life care.
Every single sentence in that quote is misleading or flat-out false:
1. “Socialized medicine is a disaster.”
Presumably Cruz is using “socialized medicine” as a euphemism for any kind of universal health insurance — in other words, any system in which the government guarantees health insurance to all people, either by providing that coverage directly or through some kind of private intermediaries.
The Affordable Care Act, which Republicans have pledged to repeal, is an attempt to build the foundation of such a program here in the U.S. But every other developed country already has such a system in place. And it’s hardly been a disaster. (more…)