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 }The British  & the US health systems lie at opposite ends of a spectrum defined by the relative roles of the private and public sectors.British families don’t have to worry about being bankrupted by the cost of treatment! Britain spends less than half as much per person on health care as we do.Britons have higher life expectancy than we do, much lower infant mortality, and much lower “mortality amenable to health care .” The N.H.S. works, despite some issues,  but there’s a reason the British love it. U.S. conservatives refuse to believe that other countries’ systems work better than our own. Their ideology says that the private sector is always better than government, and this trumps any and all evidence.Trump  tweet   suggested that a deal would involve opening up Britain’s National Health Service to U.S. private companies.'

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This is the part that really shows what is afoot in America. "America does have its own miniature version of the N.H.S.: the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration, which runs a network of hospitals and clinics. And like the N.H.S., the V.H.A. works pretty well."

The reality, according to independent studies , is that on average, V.H.A. wait times are if anything shorter than those in the private sector, and V.H.A. hospitals provide better care .

But this good record may soon change. Historically policy at the V.H.A., like policy at the N.H.S., has been set largely by medical professionals. But last year reporting by ProPublica revealed that much of Veterans Affairs' policy is now being set, not by duly appointed officials, but by a trio of Trump cronies whom insiders call the "Mar-a-Lago crowd." (

Leading the troika, by the way, is Ike Perlmutter, the chairman of Marvel Entertainment.) And if you believe that Perlmutter's influence will lead to lower costs and better care for our nation's veterans, you probably also believe that Captain America is real.

"Some of you are probably shaking your heads, because you've heard terrible things about the V.H.A. tales of vast inefficiency and long waits for treatment. But there's a reason you've heard these tales: They've been systematically spread by politicians and right-wing organizations that seize on problem cases as part of a drive to dismantle and privatize the system."

In other words Trumpian Fake News or what is known as weaponized disinformation... i.e. propaganda.

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