9.2 million military folk, all in the South, have single-payer health insurance
A single-payer health insurance plan called Tricare, a type of Medicare, covers 9.2 million Southerners: specifically, military service members, both active duty and retired.
So here’s a single-payer system that has “proved both workable and popular”–and in the South, where you’d expect such a progressive plan to have no traction. Why, then, has single-payer been blown off as “unrealistic” by the Democrats?
Let’s see. Congress and the president have single-payer health insurance, and lots of military people have it, too. In other words, the government can have it, but we can’t.
That, and not single-payer itself, is what sounds like a Soviet arrangement.
Single-payer TRICARE military health plan most popular in South
In this year’s health reform debate, Congressional Democrats quickly took proposals for a single-payer system off the table, claiming it was “unrealistic.”
But more than 9 million people in the U.S. have already signed on to a single-payer system that’s proved both workable and popular: TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s program for active-duty military and retirees.
Even more interesting: According to a Facing South analysis, nearly half ofTRICARE beneficiaries live in the South — states where Congressional leadership has been most vocal in opposing public involvement in health care.