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Coronavirus Isn't as Serious as Not Having a National Healthcare System

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Well, here we are, in a full-blown public-health emergency and the federal government whose job it is to provide the necessary precautions and reassurance is acting as though we are immune from any exposure.

One patient suffering from the corona virus (COVID-19) in Washington state has died.

Another in Rhode Island is confirmed to have contracted it.

And in Chicago.

Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated the official number of COVID-19 cases is likely to double almost overnight.

As of this writing, it's now in New York.

Last week a California woman was rushed to the University of California, Davis Medical Center, unable to breathe.

Yet after hospital administrators requested diagnostic testing from the CDC, they were informed the patient did not qualify under federal criteria that stipulated patients must have traveled to China or known to have been in contact with infected individuals.

To make matters worse, a top federal scientist has raised concerns about possible contamination in an Atlanta lab responsible for virus test kits.

Donald Trump has entrusted the national emergency to Vice President Mike Pence, who reinforced Donald Trump Jr.'s conspiracy theory that Democrats hope coronavirus "kills millions of people."

This is more than just a matter of an administration politicizing and woefully unprepared to handle what in normal circumstances could be calmly assuaged with policy, communication, and funding.

Consider the fact that we lack a national healthcare system.

Without one, those who contract anything potentially life threatening are more susceptible to worsening--and infecting others.

Put simply, the absence of a Medicare-for-all-type single-payer healthcare system is in itself a public-health emergency.

Let's look at a recent case in Florida.

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Are there reasons not to go full scale Socialism in America? Is there a nationally funded healthcare system anywhere in the world better than healthcare in America?

I assume China is the best answer to my question. Except, that country is where the virus started and then spread around the world. Some things can't be fixed with money, no matter the payer or the amount.

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For those who seek Socialism in America, is there any expense that individuals should be 100% responsible for?

Is there any requirement to work within Socialism?

Is Socialism voluntary or do we have to pass Constitutions laws to implement it with the force of the Federal Government?

Is Communism required to implement Socialism?

Can America fund Socialism with Capitalism?

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Good article that brings up accurate and legitimate concerns.

For those who wish Lee Beacham would get educated and know what he/she is talking about:

Is there any hope at all of educating Lee Beacham or opening his/her mind to facts and truth? What reading would be recommended to accomplish this education? Would talk radio be allowable as a reliable source of information? Is Lee Beacham secretly a communist or socialist, posing as someone against them a double agent, maybe? Can Lee Beacham afford the best health insurance money can buy, unlike most Americans? Is anyone else sick and tired of Lee Beacham's trolling comments and fearmongering about socialism and communism, and wish that he/she would stay on topic which is our serious lack of equitable healthcare?

There are 3 simple things that would allow us to pay for everything we need, including healthcare for all AND saving the planet:

1) defund the pentagon (biggest source of energy consumption and pollution of them all)

2) defund big pharma

3) abolish the federal reserve system, go back to US treasury, and open Public Banking and credit unions everywhere -- in other words, divest from big banks.

We probably should also reverse Citizens United, throw out the "lifelong" terms for upreme court justices, and throw out all of them who were 'selected' under illegally stolen elections, and defund fossil fuel corporations and make them pay retroactive back taxes. As of now, they pay NO taxes.

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I intended to get a answer or two for short questions. Thank God your ideas and hopes for change will never happen. Bernie stirred a lot of emotion related to the dreams of everybody getting everything they need/want without work or sacrifice. Isn't that the core of the really-poor and the "want to poor" ? The lesson learned every election season is that Socialism, how ever simple and wonderful it seems, America doesn't want it. God won't allow it. The proof is it has never happened successfully in recorded history. Never. The the crown in the 60's couldn't pull it off, how can it happen. Everywhere I know it has been implemented, it's by force and dies off. I admit, the wishes of wannabe Socialist have merit, but the way to pay for it has never been solved. There will never be enough perfect people to make it happen. Greed is human and can't be defeated. Socialism can't survive because of greed. Without Capitalism one man will eventually own everything, the rest slaves.

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