I am on Medicare and also have secondary insurance and prescription drug coverage that I pay for. I, personally, have two obscenely expensive prescriptions that are much, much cheaper in other countries. I need them to live.
Yes, I can presently pay for them and feel fortunate to be able to do so, but many, many others I know could not do so.
In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, this scam is outrageous. The system is not broken. The system works perfectly for the oligarchs and corporations who legally bribe the politicians of both parties to write laws that make this scan legal.
The average life expectancy for men in Italy is 80.5 and in Japan is 81.5. (Both countries lost in WWII. Both have totally different forms of government and different diets. Both have forms of universal healthcare.)
In the USA male life expectancy is 76.1. How much suffering due to lack of medical care prior to death is anyone’s guess.
Today’s Americans under 45 have massive numbers of uninsured and underinsured people. Life expectancy charts for them are dismal. Politicians know this.
Corruption as government is bipartisan and deadly.