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All the Countries That Have Universal Healthcare

And we're not on the list.

The House Republicans have just put out their ACA replacement plan, complete with Medicaid cuts, premiums, defunding of Planned Parenthood, and some small tax-credits that don't seem to really change anything. Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz said of the plan on Tuesday, "And so maybe, rather than getting the new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare."

First of all, if you think that lower-income citizens who are struggling to pay insurance premiums are also looking to get the iPhone, then you probably don't see the real problem here. Why would he? We pay for his health insurance and iPhone with our taxes.

Universal Healthcare is Not That Hard

Just look at all these countries that have it:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Singapore
  • Solvenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Did you notice anything? Maybe perhaps that the United States is one of the only first world countries to not offer universal healthcare as a right for its citizens. Or moreso, that it seems to be something we still philosophically debate while people die or lose their coverage.

This isn't about socialism and this isn't about capitalism, this is simply about whether a country cares enough about its citizens to want to see them benefit from full, healthy lives.

What do you think of the newly released ACA replacement bill? Let us know!


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