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Why Do Republicans (and Some Democrats) Vilify Single Payer?

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The answer has everything to do with our campaign-finance system.

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What scares the members of Congress who for decades have collected hefty donations from the insurance and health-care industries and then used their positions of public trust to sustain and protect profiteering by those industries?

The threat of a single-payer "Medicare for All" health-care system.

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By replacing the bureaucratic profiteers with an efficient system that would guarantee care for every American -- and fair compensation for doctors and nurses -- single payer would not merely make health care more accessible and more affordable. It would also make politics more honest and responsive to the will of the people.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has, through the campaign committees and political action committees that he guides, collected millions of dollars from Wall Street interests, insurance interests, pharmaceutical interests, private hospital and nursing home interests, and "health products" interests over the course of a political career that has seen him go to the mat, again and again, in defense of Wall Street interests, insurance interests, pharmaceutical interests, private hospital and nursing home interests, and "health products" interests.

So is it any surprise that Ryan keeps trying to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act with measures that benefit his crony-capitalist campaign funders?

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Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has, through the campaign committees and political-action committees that he guides, collected millions of dollars from Wall Street interests, insurance interests, pharmaceutical interests, private hospital and nursing home interests and "health products" interests over the course of a political career that has seen him go to the mat, again and again, in defense of Wall Street interests, insurance interests, pharmaceutical interests, private hospital and nursing home interests and "health products" interests.

So is it any surprise that McConnell keeps trying to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act with measures that benefit his crony-capitalist campaign funders?

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