I am not understanding why single payer would be bad

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    the way I see it:

    1) I want healthcare and pay for it already

    2) Their be more "choice" in which doctors you can see since virtually all of them would enroll in the single payer system

    3) Giving everyone preventive care early will save us millions in not having to treat them for cancer and other expensive illnesses

    4) the single payer system wouldn't drop you for "pre-existing conditions" or any other nonsense they make up at the time like private insurers can

    5) I would rather pay into a pool that helps other people in need rather than further enrich immoral millionaires that run the current insurance companies

    what about any of these are bad and what would be so bad about single payer?
     
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    I judge on my experience in Europe. Their system sucks.
     
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    When you can explain to me why we still need: Rural Electrification Department, Tennessee Valley Authority, Farmers Home Administration, Department of Education that is an Epic Fail and Fannie and Freddie, two separate companies with almost the same identical mission, I'll start listening on how the Gubbamint should run Health Care.

    Deal?
     
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    If you eliminate competition and allow the government a monopoly you're inevitably inviting fraud, waste, and abuse. You're also likely to see, as in the UK's NHS, a larger amount of bureaucrats than actual doctors and nurses. Also, once you create this monstrosity it will be nearly impossible to get rid of or even attempt to reform in any way shape or form. Look at Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. If you even mention that those three programs are in need of some amount of reform the propagandists begin to attack.
     
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    so besides the fact that governments' can't seem to manage it correctly, it is in theory a good idea?
     
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    The US ranks behind all those European countries in terms of life span, infant mortality, and nearly every other statistic as well.
     
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    i think that this is the case because of ignorance. europeans hold some ridiculous beliefs about our healthcare system, but fail to realize that their hospitals and the care available is substandard to what americans with private coverage have come to expect.

    the only upside is the price at delivery, however, they're forced to pay for the system in taxes.
     
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    Except it's not. There's no evidence to support that claim.
     

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