President’s Economic Advisers Reveal What Socialism Would Cost Americans — It’s a Huge Price Tag

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Rising health care costs due to a failing system and worries about those under the poverty level have prompted some to look for a more radical solution to the problem.

One proposed solution is made up of democratic socialist policies that some believe to be the ultimate solution to the problem, pointing to countries like Norway and Sweden as proof that the systems work.

However, the Council of Economic Advisers recently released a detailed report that explained the concerns with socialist policies.

The 72-page report focuses on comparing and contrasting various countries to the U.S. and what could potentially happen if the policies were adopted.

Here is a breakdown of the report and why it matters:

Democratic Socialism:

According to the report, at one point in time, one-third of all people were under the rule of socialism. This form of socialism caused the destruction of economies and millions of people to starve.

Yet this traditional form of socialism is different from what the Democratic Socialists of America claim to believe.

Instead of publicly controlling the entire economy, supporters of democratic socialism suggest government control over certain facets of the economy. One example is the support for Medicare for All.

Medicare for All:

Those who support Medicare for All believe that every American has the right to free health care. However, there are different definitions of free, depending on who you ask.

According to New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), this would mean raising taxes for Americans and largely increasing taxes on the wealthy. Others propose to cut other government-funded programs to absorb the cost and not raise taxes.

These supporters list multiple countries where single-payer health insurance has supposedly worked, such as Nordic countries, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

However, some of these countries are not even strictly single-payer, and those that are are suffering from long wait times and doctor shortages.

Here’s the Cost:

The ultimate costs of adopting the system have been largely avoided by supporters of democratic socialism. They claim that the price will be absorbed by higher taxes for the rich and eliminating the private sector.

According to the report, that would be one of the worst ideas possible.

At best, the GDP would decrease by 9 percent, which translates to a projected average of $7,000 per year. If it was funded completely by the government, half the budget would have to be cut.

While these are only projections, these are based on past history when socialism was implemented in other markets such as agriculture. Examples such as the USSR, Cuba, China, and Venezuela all tried and failed when it came to government-controlled markets.

Additionally, no matter how many lawmakers point to Nordic health care as the solution, the report shows that citizens still have a lower standard of living, higher taxes and longer wait times to see specialists.

The report attempted to show that a socialist health care system will not yield any different results than what has already been observed and that implementing such a system in the U.S. could yield more harm than good.

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Andy Ling
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Andy Ling

Well it does work in Canada. We live in Canada and winter in Florida so we see the difference. Wife’s parents live in Florida and we see daily the bad heathcare system there. US could do it, but it would involve taking the profit line out of healthcare, gettting rid… Read more »

Patti
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Patti

Have you ever been sick and needed specialist or a surgery?

Mike
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Mike

So what about all the people in Canada that are put on wait list that is invariably a death sentence because by the time they get to the front of the line the problem has become out of control …this is why so many that need treatment NOW come to… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

I want to know where this “free healthcare” is in Medicare? For 45 years (my working life) I paid enormous sums into Medicare. When I turned 65 I was forced into Medicare by my private insurance as the policy changed at age 65 into a Medicare supplement. Now Medicare is… Read more »

Marietta
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When they screw it up and turn it into Medicaid. The Dollar General version of healthcare. The precursor to Socialized Medicine. I agree with you, between my Medicare, then Part D prescriptions and my supplement, I pay $306.00 per month. The kicker is, more and more doctors are refusing to… Read more »

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

This 500 character limit sucks, and it doesn’t work properly, either.

banstan
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banstan

Do you need your diaper changed? Are you not capable of handling problems in life?

banstan
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banstan

“not”

Screwtape
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Screwtape

work with it. IJR is “free” just like government entitlements.

Marietta
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I agree.

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

This article and report is feeding you what you want to hear. Sydney for example, conflates socialism with communism & you just lap that up. Like most countries around the world our society, economy & politics are mixed. “Those who support Medicare for All believe that every American has the… Read more »

banstan
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banstan

See Screw, I knew insipid would NOT let me down.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

1. even full-commie countries like PRC, Cuba, Laos, etc. describe themselves as “socialist”. The shadings of difference are poorly defined.
2. there is NO such thing as “free” any service from any government. They take that money from the citizens.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Tell us all knowing one, please. 1. What EXACTLY is it “we” want to hear? Please demonstrate your omniscience. 2. The implication is that this article is not the “unicorns farting free healthcare rainbows for all” scenario you envision. How do YOU get your medical care? 3. Even the communists… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

A highly-placed government official (minister of something?) got tired of those who consider the Nordic countries “socialist”. He explained at length that Denmark is a free-market economy. So is Sweden, who’s right-wing government says so. Finland is NOT socialist, nor is Norway. Besides refusing the label themselves, the Foundation for… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

*doh* the Danish government official was the Prime Minister.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Hmm. Even CA, with its billionaires and millionaires, abandoned the “free medicine” concept as unaffordable and unworkable. Maybe after the civil war and we dissolve into the United States and the Peoples’ Republik, the Lefties can implement their dreams. Does ANYONE believe it won’t be a two-tier system, i.e. Bernie… Read more »

Otisamsonite
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Otisamsonite

The Bolsheviks can suck on those green persimmons of failure all they want to.
Socialism is an abject failed system
Bring on the ‘caravans’ from the sourh and see how long our nation lasts.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Agreed. You forgot to add that it makes everyone, but the elites, equal in misery. The ones it doesn’t kill.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

q.v. Venezuela and the communist countries that call themselves socialist like Cuba, North Korea, Cambodia, PRC, etc.

beverly
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beverly

our country will become a shit hole like the country they are rushing away from.

Marietta
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There is it enough money in the entire country to fund their delusions. Unrealistic pablum.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Maggie Thatcher.

banstan
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banstan

I just can’t wait for insipid to peer into his murky crystal ball and let us all here know that the numbers are all wrong

Screwtape
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Screwtape

Crystal ball? I was thinking murky bong water myself. Questions no one is asking: is Insipid the new Phyllis? Is he named for the defunct car, the decommissioned carrier in NY harbor, or the arctic disaster which befell the Franklin expedition? Maybe he’s named after the fictional Star Trek craft?… Read more »

Screwtape
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Screwtape

One more question that shouldn’t be asked: is Insipid the transgender Phyllis or vice versa?

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