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Barrasso Fearmongers Over Single Payer Health Care Systems

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso wants Americans to be very afraid of the possibility of a single payer health care system coming to our country any time soon. They wouldn't dare try to get rid of Medicare for seniors, but they're more than happy to try to terrify the rest of us about access to the same system.
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Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso wants Americans to be very afraid of the possibility of a single payer health care system coming to our country any time soon. They wouldn't dare try to get rid of Medicare for seniors, but they're more than happy to try to terrify the rest of us about access to the same system.

While discussing their latest round of hostage taking and the threats of a government shutdown on CNN's State of the Union, host Candy Crowley wrapped up the interview with Barrasso and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Crowley by asking if the United States was headed to a single payer system, and par for the course it was met with a mound of lies and fearmongering from Barrasso.

Dean explained that we've already got a single payer system for seniors in the United States, called Medicare and there's no reason it "can't work for more people."

Barrasso responded by telling some whoppers that are debunked here: 5 Myths About Canada’s Health Care System. As they explained, Canada may have wait times for some procedures, but it's due to lack of funding, not the single payer system. And they have rationing in the United States as well, but our rationing is due to cost. That didn't stop him from ending the segment by rattling this off with no challenge from Crowley.

BARRASSO: In Canada, they say we're going to do this many total joints a year, once it's over, and usually that's by Halloween, you get no more health care until the end of the year.

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