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Is the U.S. lagging behind other countries when it comes to healthcare

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 20:08:17-04

Health care expected to dominate the political debate in 2020. Its has been a hot button issue for years.

One talked about option backed by Democrats is Universal Healthcare.

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at a claim that suggests the U-S is lagging other countries.

It's been nearly 10 years since the Affordable Care Act was passed. It provides health care coverage to everyone but it's not universal healthcare.

Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan tweeted his support for the Medicare for All Act - meaning a government run system that would replace private insurance. "The United States is the ONLY industrialized country without universal healthcare. "

PolitiFact Wisconsin first looked at the definition of 'industrialized country' to see who has universal healthcare care and who doesn't.

"The benchmark for this is a group called the organization for economic cooperation and development which includes primarily the industrialized countries like the United States, other countries from Europe, Australia and so forth," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says despite the US having some of the best hospitals in the world - less industrialized countries have government run healthcare.

"In fact if you look at the next tier of countries that are not fully industrialized which is North Korea, Uruguay and places, there are some of those that do offer universal health care as well," said Borowski.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim True.