Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Demonstrators and Signs II
For foreign readers who aren't familiar with the system here, all Americans 65 years of age and over are enrolled in Medicare. It's a government-run, single-payer health care system. While not immune to abuse, it works well and is more cost effective than the private insurance sector, despite dealing with the elderly population which by definition needs more health services than the general population under 65. It's easy to see why those who profit from for-profit health care are against reform, but it's unclear why those already benefiting from a better system are opposed to extending something like it to the rest of the population.