The United States has the poorest standing amongst all other industrialized nations when it comes to both the quality and the cost of healthcare for its citizens. These two issues are bound together, since many people are forced to forgo meaningful and timely healthcare because of their inability to afford it. Meanwhile, programs like Medicare are forbidden from purchasing generic versions of drugs, and instead must by brand name products from the pharmaceutical companies at prices that are drastically inflated over the prices available for the same drugs just over the border in, say, Canada. For these and other reasons, many tens (possibly hundreds) of billions of dollars are sucked out of the US economy for healthcare services and products, and because worker productivity is degraded by sickness, lack of care, and inability to pay the bills imposed upon them by the healthcare industry. Universal healthcare would rectify these problems by guaranteeing care to everyone, thereby unburdening citizens from the insanely high and out-of-control prices that may not even be covered by their overpriced (and under providing) insurance coverage (assuming they even have insurance.) With universal healthcare, medical attention could be sought as needed, rather than as afforded. Money that would otherwise go to inflate the profits of insurance companies would be freed up to flow back into the economy in more productive ways. Workers would not see their productivity degraded by health issues (to say nothing of their lives destroyed by untreated illnesses or medically-driven bankruptcies.) Any basic understanding of economic principles makes it perfectly clear that universal healthcare is an enormous win for the economy and for the American people. But it will not happen any time soon, because economic ideology will continue to trump economic facts for generations to come.

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