Bill Clinton Compares Single-Payer, Universal Health Care Vs. Free Market, Private Health Coverage

let's drill down specifically on something you said earlier when it comes to sort of creating these silos of healthcare reform you have sort of single payers and more governmental involvement on one send one end free-market involvement solely on the other end single payer never has really caught traction politically is it is it politically unpalatable or is it a bad idea well I think it's more politically unpalatable than it is a bad idea because single-payer is not socialized medicine Canada has a single-payer system and a private healthcare provider system our single-payer systems are Medicare and Medicaid and Medicare is quite popular the good thing about single-payer is the administrative costs are quite low we probably wastes two hundred billion dollars a year between the insurance administrative costs the doctors and other health care providers administrative costs and employers administrative cost in health care that we would not waste if we had any other country system on the other hand if you look at the experience of Germany France Japan that don't have pure single-payer systems they have more mixed systems their costs are actually slightly lower overall than cannabis so there's something to be said for having a mixed system if you can get the administrative costs down because then the systems have enough competition in them to try to restrain cost and it's not all up for the political bodies in Canada because it's all financed through the government it's more difficult sometimes for the politicians to say no then for just the regular management of the healthcare system to cut the cost so I think you can have a mixed system if you look at the French system which scores very high on every international measure it's mostly publicly financed but there's enough private in there that there's some tension that's creative and positive do you think there is a degradation quality of care with a single-payer system is that a concern should that be concerned well there's no evidence of that in Canada that I'm aware of except for excessive delays which they always try to come to grips with the British you know do have a completely government-run system but they allow people who can afford it to get outside the system and they've also started running hospitals almost like charter schools in America that is they have these trust hospitals that perform very well and therefore they're given more control over setting their priorities specializing in cutting delays there are all kinds of different ways to do it but first you do have to cover everybody and then you have to stop people from gaming the system there's a lot of gaming going on now in the American system so that we spend more than anybody else and get less for it I think that once you get the universal coverage I think the health insurers then could play a more positive role than they do now which is often involved in you know they make a lot of money through saying no and through the Norden paperwork burdens that are put on doctors and hospitals and other providers one is about the insurance industry that you just brought up they tried to scuttle the health care reform plan of 93 now they're saying we also believe in universal health care a politically tactile question I guess at you buying it you think you think they're being honest I think some of them really do want it yes if you look at their new organization the person who heads it came out of a progressive background and favored as the philosophical matter coverage secondly I think they now understand that in terms of the health of America and the well-being of our economy we can't go on basically giving them more and more dollars every year in the insurance industry and getting people sicker and sicker and leaving more and more people behind I mean look at all the health care problem did the childhood obesity problem which is my obsession is a the most glaring manifestation of a system that treats sick people and doesn't keep people well and that's where I think by the way we get broad bipartisan support on trying to do more on wellness and that will save money I think the insurance industry realizes that they a lot of the smarter ones why's that they could kill the goose that laid the golden egg here that in America can no longer go on spending more money in getting less for it and having all this money go to them and if they can make a lot of money and do well by making us healthier and a more affordable price


  1. British NHS is best and we have had it since 1948.

  2. All these gov ppl and the cl7nton are own by insurance industry big pharma

  3. im on medicair and they order the dumbest shit and ask me to make 5 times the appointments than they used to

  4. Bill, as a Canadian I wish we have the "all financed by government" system like you said. Our system is not unfortunately, our system does not cover prescription drugs which are usually covered in Europe. If you look at UK and Denmark you will see that their system is way better than ours.

  5. Who cares? As long as USA has a private insurance system they'll be a lot fewer AMericans in the world, ……………… now that's a very GOOD THING!

  6. amazing – a president who can express a coherent thought.

  7. Sadly the last good President of the United States.

  8. The Real Owners of the United States of America who are against Universal Health Care that Canada and Other Countries have…George Carlin perfectly describes them with this: They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. And now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin' retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later 'cause they own this fuckin' place. It’s a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. …The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. …And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it.

  9. RE:245194LAC…. Exactly. Try telling that to the stubborn no-conscience no-compassion fucktard White Trump and Republican lovers. Goes in one ear out the other. Gotta stubbornly keep having our guns and private health care instead of universal health care because that is like our TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS RIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. BECAUSE WE ARE WHITE FASCIST ASSHOLE HUMAN POLITICAL LEADER HERO WORSHIPER LOVERS AND PROUD OF IT!

  10. The wall can keep the bad immoral Americans away from Mexico and South America as well as keeping unsuspecting people migrating to the USA who expecting something good here from being sorely disappointed at the true lack of sanity they will find here. We have not learned anything from the past at all? America Under Siege Civil War 2017 Do you support NATO killing innocent people while saying they are protecting the people from Gaddiffi? We are not good at interfering in other countries, we are not very good at governing ourselves., We do not even try to learn what roles we should have from other countries that have been around for tens of thousands of years. It's time for men to stand up and be Godly, lead their families and communities. These days we think we have all the answers but, we do not know if we are a male or a female here? Let's not kill anyone and push them into our sad culture these days are you part of the chaos or part of the solution? Feel bad if you are part of the plan to divide the citizens of the USA. End racist policy's now.We hate that's true it is the rotten communist we hate the most.. 'All we are sayin' is give peace a chance'

  11. He was comparing mixed systems with single payer systems. He never touched on actual free market systems. Need to change the title

  12. Excessive delays in Canada has been used to differentiate the superiority of the U.S. system of that of Canada. The fact is that, in the U.S., if you have enough money, you go to the head of the line. If you are ill in Canada, the process of triage is brought into play. That is to say, the person with the greatest immediate medical need gets treatment first. This process is used around the world to provide best care for the greatest need. Except in the U.S. because, if you haven't got the gold plated insurance program, you have to wait. I know that from personal experience.

  13. Who can blame Monica Lewinsy? Who does not worship this man? – Oui ! J'habitais en France aussi pour une année, et c'est la bonne réponse au dilemme.

  14. Clinton can talk about healthcare system for every major countries. Can Trump even talk about Trumpcare?

  15. Of course wrong again – Single payer is government run health care, the way it works the politicians (GOV) collects money into the US Treasury or borrows the money for your so to speak health insurance, the GOV (politicians) contracts through the private sector hospitals and doctors, but with very very tight regulations telling you where to go how much you they pay doctors nurses etc, and basically how to live their lives – that is SINGLE PAYER GOV (politican) run health care – so you would now have a gov run monopoly to take care of your every NEEDS and run your life so they get your VOTE, what a scam.

  16. Healthcare must dovetail with Food Production, Affordable Housing, Reduced Crime in poor communities, Potable Water and Organically grown foods.
    American needs to upgrade her 19th Century "Healthcare DELIVERY System" (setup between WWI and WWII) to a 21st Century.
    *America needs Free Education as well.

  17. In France and Germany insurance firms are non profit making organisations.

  18. @4:05, Bill said 'overwhelming support for wellness'. But ask Michelle Obama how 'wellness' went over with the idiotclass?

  19. Hillary: Pie in the sky, Billy. Unicorns and rainbows.

  20. I have never seen this before but it is quite disingenuous. These "mixed" systems he speaks of (France, Germany etc…) guarantee health care as a right, from birth, to every single citizen. The principle — that the government ensures that everyone has access to care is the same. There are endless variations between every system, but every OECD country shares the above principle: the US is alone in the world in trying to do this on the private marker, which is why it spends the most and has incredibly poor health outcomes relative to other wealthy nations.

  21. well imagine that, these two hypocritical ppl. what dirtbags.

  22. I can not believe how easily the Clintons lie. I cannot believe we're even considering letting them near the whitehouse again. The Clintons should be ashamed of their lies about this—of all things.

  23. Stupid is as stupid does.. Every single country in the free world take better care of their peoples health than the USA…

  24. Canada has a "Single Payer System"

    They only have 30 million people as opposed to the U.S. 320,000,000.

    lets not compare grapes to watermelons……

  25. Bill is feeling the bern.

  26. and now his wife is against it lol

  27. What's the date of this interview? o_O

  28. Even though she hasn't supported it on the campaign trail, I hope Hillary Clinton pushes for single payer if she becomes president. It is politically unpalatable (As Bill said) in America where people don't really like getting taxed, even if it's for the benefit for the country, so I understand why she might want to distance herself from it.

  29. Taxing is stealing from people, Jesus man.

  30. Wow, he actually has a point. But they misframed the issue by talking about free market healthcare

  31. No need to worry free markets will bring socialist medicine.
    Let me explain why this is in a real free market system everyone is allowed to do their bidding, that also includes forreign healthcare companies from for instance India and China, these nations would bring a competitiveness unmatched by any domestic firm, so naturally the Republican party will do a 180 degree turn on the entire debate in order to protect their lobbyists;)
    Oh by the way don't call it socialist medicine,
    You need a name which can be shortened to 3 letters.
    Call it the N.H.S.
    The National Healthcare security
    And put a bald eagle catching a venemos snake on the logo;)
    Those Redneck dickheads allways enjoy that stuff;)
    Don't forget to make cool badges that make you look like an undercover FBI agent;)

  32. Bill getting sex? go obama

  33. I'll give the Liberals this, Obama makes Clinton look like George Washington

  34. There is no example because we've always had socialized medicine. We don't let people die in the streets. Everybody can show up in the emergency room and it's always been that way.

  35. America does not have a free market system of health care

  36. "You're a tool of corporate propaganda."
    Ad hominem.
    "It is political suicide for any politician in my country to speak against our national health service."
    So people believe nonsense.
    "This is not a population who pays tax under the threat of violence but is taxed by popular consent."
    Oh, really? Try not paying your taxes, see what happens.

  37. Its not like your polices have to enforced with threats of violence. Oh, wait. They do!

  38. "Even if free market medicine was the way how rich can a society be if people are dying in the streets from easily treatable diseas?"

    Example of that happening.

  39. I've went 720 degrees on this subject. Mission statements of drug companies don't say "our mission is to go out of business by curing all disease" . Free markets in medicine have given us ear tubes, tonsillectomies, and circumcisions. All have gone by the way side as they have been found out to do nothing but generate money for those performing the procedure. Even if free market medicine was the way how rich can a society be if people are dying in the streets from easily treatable diseas?

  40. Coming from a guy who advocates putting a gun to someone's head.

  41. Funny who you don't name them.

  42. "if free markets were the best way somebody would be doing it."
    Argument from the majority fallacy. Really?

  43. Then explain the "Coca-Cola" Model for Delivering Malaria Meds being a Success.

    Guess how Universal Healthcare gets its money? Through taxes.

  44. How do people like you even learn to clothe yourself? Unless you're naked at your PC.
    Guess how privatization works? The government pays the company to do something. Guess how the Government gets it's money? Through taxes, you fucking dolt. Universal healthcare is cheaper and more effective than privatization and you'd end up paying LESS. But it's hard to throw facts into the face of a scumbag that'd rather see people die than pay (according to him) higher taxes.

  45. when government subsidizes anything, the free market finds a way to get that cash. the core of free market health care is profit. if profit is made by quality care and fair access to it, fine. however, some things need to remain a public service. we need to sort out our priorities and view health care as a public service, because good health is of national consequence. i agree govt. subsidies ruin health care but good health shouldn't be a commodity so it needs to be nationalized.

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  47. I miss the days when the President knew what was going on in other countries.

  48. Why is socialism bad? Its just another political system, its not going to destroy this country. The constitution allows people to talk about different political systems and find one that works. Also I'm getting tired of people saying Socialism every time Obama talks about heath care. It's NOT!!!!! Try to talk about why you don't like it instead of scaring people.

  49. @andyx1205

    Same as here in Britain, the tax payer pays for our NHS, which serves every single British citizen.

    We are happy with it, it offers a quick, clean and effecient service that is world class.

  50. wow, I am Canada. This man is so well informed. So so smart.

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