Europeans – especially in Central and Northern Europe – are proud of their public healthcare systems. We on this side of the Atlantic often wonder why the United States is still discussing “medicare for all”. It’s difficult to understand why a large number of Americans don’t see the importance of a public healthcare system. How can the business-oriented healthcare system in the U.S. cope with this crisis? How will the closure of hundreds of hospitals in rural America over the past years affect the country’s ability to fight the virus?
Chelsea spoke with Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association, about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Parkinson is a former Republican and former Governor of Kansas - currently, he’s a member of the Democratic Party.