June 19, 2013
German Socialists Make Do Without Socialized Medicine
Posted on Oct 8, 2009
Germany is one of the world’s great welfare states, but the country’s health care system isn’t strictly socialist. Nonetheless, lots of options, tight regulation and universal coverage are helping Germans live longer than Americans. Might the German example offer a way out of America’s health care struggles?
Don’t count on it.
Here are two facts gleaned from the health care debate: (1) France probably has the best health care system in the world. (2) American politicians want nothing to do with it.
If one accepts the notion that single-payer is a nonstarter in this country and the ever-weaker public option is fighting an uphill battle, strict regulation might be an American progressive’s best hope.
The Global Post’s Paul Hockenos acknowledges that the German system is far from perfect, but, he writes, Deutschland’s solution just might work for America, too.
But why go through all this political agony to replicate a system that is itself going broke? Copying the German model is not the solution, but perhaps we can learn a thing or two from our pickled cabbage-loving friends. If America keeps its crappy private insurance system, tough regulation is not a luxury, it’s a necessary ingredient. —PZS
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