Here are some common attacks on universal healthcare.
Universal healthcare is too expensive!
The US already has the most expensive healthcare in the world!
COST - According to Johns Hopkins Study - Average Americans spent $9,892 per capita on healthcare in 2016, the highest average in the world!
US healthcare is better than that socialized healthcare, more efficient and doctors for patients, so there is no long wait.
Usually, those data are cherry-picked with non-emergency treatments to fit the narratives. While the US already is the most expensive healthcare in the world, efficiency is actually quite low.
EFFICIENCY - A health-efficiency index was then created to rank those with average lifespans of at least 70 years, GDP per-capita exceeding $5,000 and a minimum population of 5 million. The US ranked only 54 out of total 56, behind countries like Brazil, Iran, Venezuela!
LIFE EXPECTANCY - Not only the US has one of the lowest life expectancies compared to the rest of the industrialized countries, but our life expectancy is also actually in decline for the last 3 years. It is the second longest decline from 1915 to 1918, which a period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people. According to Wikipedia, the US is ranked only 31 at the average age of 79.3, which is slightly better than Cuba who ranked 32.
The US already has the best healthcare, that is why it is so expensive!
Again, false statement.
QUALITY and Overall Ranking - There are many rankings out there based on different statistics and criteria, but whats contently true is that US are always among the most expensive, but low on quality and efficiency. Here is a study by The Commonwealth Fund. US ranked LAST compare to 10 other industrialized countries. All of those countries are social democracy with universal healthcare.
How do we pay for it?
Here is the biggest question. There are actually many ways to pay for it, such as cut military (654 billion a year) budget, close or raise corporate tax rate, raise marginal tax on the super-rich; many progressive candidates have some kind of play. But here is the fact:
Single Payer Universal Healthcare Can Actually Save Money! - As you can see above studies, the US is actually wasting a lot of money through our broken healthcare system. Mainly because there are so many insurance companies are trying to be the middleman that is trying to make a profit; and what is worse is big pharma are buying up politicians so they can control the drug prices, resulting forcing many people to file for bankruptcy or die. But don't take my words for it, a recent study from the libertarian Mercatus Center found, Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan would actually save money. But you are not going to hear it on the bias media, they will continue to create the narrative that we cannot afford it, it would cost $32.6 trillion over 10 years. But what they are not talking about is the plan can actually lower the total cost by $2 trillion within 10 years. It would significantly cut unnecessary spending, raise preventative care, but most importantly it will bring in 30 million Americans that are currently uninsured.
If you still doubt Universal Healthcare would work, just take a look at all the countries that have it, and ask yourself if they can, why can't we?