Here’s Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) replying this morning to a constituent’s email requesting his support for a single-payer health care system in the U.S.:
"Instead of giving the government more power, I believe the best way to increase access to quality care and lower costs is to empower patients and improve transparency within a more consumer-driven and competitive health care system. Recent Republican efforts to move health care in this direction were defeated, and I am disappointed with this setback on efforts to fix our broken health care system."
This response perfectly captures the ideological blindness of the G.O.P. Their slavish adherence to doctrine prevents them from seeing reality - their mindset is very similar to Stalinist economics, where catastrophic evidence to the contrary was no obstacle to adherence to the “truth” of the party line. A rudimentary survey of all the nations which are successful in ensuring health care for their citizens would show that not one single one uses the kind of system described by Toomey.
Email Senator Toomey and explain to him in your own words just why he is wrong, not to mention ignorant.