Opinion: What the U.S can learn from the U.K.’s National Health Service

As the U.S. fashions a new health care system, we should look across the pond for inspiration.
A doctor attends to a young patient at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, part of NHS England, in Wigan, a town in northwest England. Source: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

Hours-long waits in the emergency department, patients treated in hallways in the midst of an intense flu season, and canceled elective surgeries are only a few of the problems the National Health Service (NHS) England, which provides health care to all Britons, is facing this winter.

At first glance, the struggles of NHS England appear to embody conservative arguments against the kind of single-payer health care system that many progressives in the U.S. have rallied behind as a way to expand health insurance to all Americans. In this

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