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We have Australia’s system in the US but you have to be over 65 or disabled to get it. Medicare, a genius American idea- more efficient than private health insurance and much simpler for patients and providers to understand. What we need is improved Medicare for everybody, phased in over time, starting with including people between 60 and 65 this year and gradually extending it until everyone is covered. This has been understood by people in the health care field for a very long time. But, in the US what would work best for the 99% doesn’t happen if it interferes with the profits of the 1%. Corporate capitalism doesn’t work when we want everyone to be a winner. It only works when there are winners and losers. And there will be millions of losers with the Trump-Ryan health insurance/tax-break-for-the-rich plan.

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