Arrington Releases Statement on Dangers of Socialized Medicine

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By: 
Rep. Jodey Arrington
Staff Writer

Traveling through the beautiful farmlands of early primary states, you can find the self-proclaimed champions of socialized medicine amid the flashes of cameras on the campaign trail.
If you keep driving through, you’ll see the harsh reality beyond presidential candidate photo-ops. You’ll see the more than 100 rural hospitals that have closed in the United States since 2010, including two in my district in the last year alone.
Rural Americans who face unique challenges would also experience unique struggles under a one-size-fits-all healthcare plan. For years, the farmers, ranchers, and everyone living in our nation’s breadbasket have endured inequitable access to quality care and medical services compared to their urban and suburban counterparts.
Rather than working on bipartisan legislation to solve the rural healthcare crisis, many of my colleagues have chosen to, instead, fantasize of “free” healthcare for all. In reality, “Medicare-for-all,” as they call it – would put more than 1,000 rural U.S. hospitals in 46 states “at high risk of closure” among other devastating consequences, according to experts.
Generations have watched big-government, socialist systems fail, one after another, in countries experimenting with soviet-style, centralized planning. Medicare-for-all would be no different, leading to longer wait times and lowered standards of care at an unsustainable cost to the American taxpayer.
For nearly 30 million Americans, access to a trauma center is over an hour’s drive. It’s no exaggeration to say the fate of health care programs for rural America could mean life or death for the communities that feed, fuel, and clothe the rest of the country.
Texas has been hit the hardest by rural hospital closures, with 23 closures since 2013 and as many as 45% of rural and community hospitals operating in the red. By eliminating all private insurance with the single stroke of a pen, Medicare-for-all would force many of our state’s already struggling hospitals to be reimbursed at lower rates, further complicating the financial solvency of rural health care providers.

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