Sunday on MSNBC’s “Velshi,” Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) discussed the idea of universal health care amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Host Ali Velshi asked Carter, a pharmacist, if he would be “cool” admitting the United States should have a universal health care system in place.
“Well, what I hope we don’t see is universal health care, is Medicare for All come about as a result of a crisis,” Carter replied. “I don’t want to see us have socialized medicine as a result of the crisis. And I certainly don’t want us to have socialism as a result of the crisis.”
Velshi pointed out how universal healthcare is “not at all a liberal concept nor a “socialist concept,” and it works in many countries around the world.
Carter responded by saying the concept “doesn’t work” no matter where it came from.
“It’s a concept that doesn’t work,” the Republican from Georgia stated. “And all you have to do is look into those countries that have it right now, and you’ll see that they are not getting the type of healthcare that we get here in America. If you’re sick anywhere in the world where you want to be is the United States of America because we have the best healthcare system in the world. We have access to prescription medications that those countries that you speak of don’t have access to. That’s the kind of thing that we’re talking about here when we talk about socialized medicine when we talk about Medicare for All.”
Velshi then challenged Carter after social distancing is over with to visit his home country of Canada and then tell him Canada does not have a better healthcare system than the United States.