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Lady Bird Johnson, former President Harry Truman, and Bess Truman look on as President Lyndon Johnson signs Medicare into law. Photo by Francis Miller/The Life Picture Collection/Getty

Universal healthcare is nothing to fear.

Those who use “socialism” as a pejorative term to fear-monger want you to think that America can’t afford to provide universal healthcare. But the fact is, we can’t afford not to.

In this piece, I’m going to make the case for 4 arguments:

tl;dr: Universal healthcare is fiscally responsible, and American taxpayers already provide socialism for corporations and for the rich. Our blended economy would derive enormous benefit by moving to single-payer healthcare.

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“SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH, FREE ENTERPRISE FOR THE POOR” — Excerpt from Southern Christian Leadership Conference newsletter, 1967. Source: The King Center.
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Children separated from asylum-seeking families at the now-closed Tornillo camp in West Texas, June 2018. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor

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Hand-scribbled notes, literally written by lobbyists, in the Senate’s tax plan — a $1.4 trillion tax cut — permanently cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, repealed the ACA’s individual mandate, estimated to leave 13 million fewer insured over the next decade, and overwhelmingly advantaged the country’s wealthiest. Source.
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May 4, 2017: House Republicans after they voted to repeal major parts of the ACA, including ending protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Mark Wilson, Getty Images.
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Campaign spending and lobbying expenditures by the pharmaceutical and health product industry. Source: OpenSecrets.org.

You already pay for everybody’s healthcare.

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Source: OECD Health Data 2016. Data are for current spending only, and exclude spending on capital formation of health care providers. GDP refers to gross domestic product.
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Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Global Health Institute, London School of Economics. Credit: Rebecca Coleman/Harvard Staff

All of us already currently pay for everyone’s healthcare in America under both federal law and, in Texas, state law.

Universal healthcare is fiscally responsible.

Texas’ rural hospital crisis

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The way forward

Austin, Texas.

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