Politicians say a lot of dumb things, but perhaps the dumbest thing they say is that the U.S. has “the finest health care system in the world.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that in 2012, echoing a common Republican talking point in opposition to health care reform.
No. Stop saying this. The American health care system sucks.
We spend about twice as much money per person as our peer countries to achieve roughly the same health care outcomes — and despite all that spending, 48 million people in America lack health insurance coverage.
But the real problem with Obamacare is that it does not change the American health care system enough in the direction of other countries’ systems. Republicans are wrong to warn that Obamacare will turn America’s health care system into a European-style one. I wish they were right.
–Josh Barro, Business Insider