Contrary to what Dr. Smith would have you think, Japan’s health care system is not a strict single-payer system, and Kerry’s plan has nothing to do with single-payer. I’m not sure if she’s just trying to smear Kerry by connecting “financial ruin” with Kerry and “single-payer,” but she’s completely wrong about it. I’d expect a little more research from someone who blogs so prolifically about politics and health policy.
Japan spends 8% of its GDP on health care and insures their entire population, _including_ long-term care. We spend almost 75% more per person, don’t cover everyone, and don’t provide long-term care, either. Who’s really failing, Dr. Smith?
(If you’re curious, a good summary of the Japanese system and its struggles and reform efforts.)