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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Colin Powell endorses single payer (although without using the term)

America's favorite war criminal! Let's hope he isn't in WMD mode on this one:

“I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life,” Powell said, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, last week at an annual “survivors celebration breakfast” in Seattle for those who, like Powell, have battled prostate cancer. “And I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.”

Europe, Canada and Korea all have a “single-payer” system, in which the government pays for the costs of health care. ...

A retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell told the audience about a woman named Anne, who as his firewood supplier, faced a healthcare scare of her own. Anne asked Powell to help pay for her healthcare bills, as her insurance didn’t cover an MRI she needed as a prerequisite to being treated for a growth in her brain. In addition, Powell’s wife Alma recently suffered from three aneurysms and an artery blockage. ”After these two events, of Alma and Anne, I’ve been thinking, why is it like this?” said Powell.

Snark aside, kudos to Powell for thinking that his firewood supplier as just as human as his wife.

Plenty in DC don't, and plenty of Democrats don't, as evidenced by the humans they're willing to throw under the bus to achieve their tribal goals.

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I am not sure what single payer system General Powell is referring to - the military system is more like the British NHS, where all of the doctors are military "employees." For routine work, on relatively healthy young soldiers, the system was ... reasonable.

However, at least one hospital in the military system was known as "Argon General" for good cause....

On the other hand, my Taiwanese wife also has great difficulty understanding why America has such an issue with health care. Regardless of my own libertarian leanings, I have no problem agreeing that what's in place is seriously broken and in need of something better, regardless of which direction it goes in.