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Trump’s ‘forbidden love’? Single-payer?

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A Washington Post news analysis suggests that President Trump has had a “forbidden love” — a single-payer healthcare system of the sort backed by many Democrats.

He has praised the single-payer systems of Canada, Scotland, Australia.

And Mr.  Trump has written in the past:

“We must have universal health care. Just imagine the improved quality of life for our society as a whole. The Canadian-style, single-payer system in which all payments for medical care are made to a single agency (as opposed to the large number of HMOs and insurance companies with their diverse rules, claim forms and deductibles) … helps Canadians live longer and healthier than Americans.”

He said a while back:

“A friend of mine was in Scotland recently. He got very, very sick. They took him by ambulance and he was there for four days. He was really in trouble, and they released him and he said, ‘Where do I pay?’ And they said, ‘There’s no charge,’” Trump said. “Not only that, he said it was like great doctors, great care. I mean, we could have a great system in this country.”

Some see the current debate eventually winding up with single-payer, whatever the rhetoric of the far-right Republicans who have huge influence in the U.S. House.

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