Next week, the U.S. Senate will return to work in Washington. Several key committees will welcome new leaders, including the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which will be led by Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Sanders has promised to make “universal health care” a focus of his tenure atop the HELP Committee. He’s long been a fan of Canada’s single-payer system, wherein the government has a monopoly on paying for medically necessary care.
But that system is crumbling. Canadian patients face record waits for both routine and emergency care. And they pay dearly for the privilege.
Canada’s healthcare system, called Medicare, was once the country’s pride and joy. But as the program enters its seventh decade, public opinion is starting to turn. Just over half of Canadians said they were satisfied with their healthcare system in 2022, down from nearly 70% in 2020.