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For decades, critics of single-payer health care have raised the menace of rationed care, long waits, and "death panels."

Now, in our collective national effort to "flatten the curve" — to slow the spread of coronavirus to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed — we are seeing all three of these rumored pitfalls of "socialized medicine" in our for-profit system.

After all, the entire point of "social distancing" is to ration available care. Meanwhile hospitals are postponing elective surgeries, and hard-hit places like Washington State are discussing plans to determine who gets critical care at ICUs and who will be turned away.

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