Sanders Defends “Medicare-for-all” Against all Odds

After Republican lawmakers failed to pass an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, it seemed that the fight on healthcare was dead, at least for the time being. However, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his “Medicare-for-all” bill on Wednesday.

The bill attempts to put a single-payer health care system into place that, as he states, would allow millions more US residents to receive healthcare benefits.

He states, “We remain the only major country on earth that allows chief executives and stockholders in the health care industry to get incredibly rich, while tens of millions of people suffer because they can’t get the health care they need.” He adds, “this is not what the United States should be about.”

And while we may not like the way the health care system operates now, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, many believe that Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” plan won’t solve any real issues.

Let’s look at some of those.

First, there is the matter of economics.

Sanders plans that a single-payer – the federal government – will be responsible for all healthcare costs for all Americans. Currently, the government does assist in healthcare funding, as state and local governments, private insurance companies, and other entities.

A plan of that magnitude is going to need an enormous amount of funding and Sanders while releasing a list of potential options, has not proposed an exact plan for such payment. Some of his possible options are to raise individual income tax to 4%, implement a 7.5% payroll tax on employers, and put more taxes on the wealthy and corporations. And even then, experts estimate that the high cost of $32 trillion plan cannot be reached.

Basically, the average middle-class American will get the raw end of the deal. The idea is that giving Medicare to everyone will decrease the amount of out-of-pocket expenses the average individual must pay. However, the cost to those lower expenses and reduced premiums from private insurance companies means higher taxes.

Linda Blumberg, a senior fellow in health policy at the Urban Institute, says, “So depending on the person’s income and the way the program is financed…people’s taxes are likely to go up substantially.”

For some, this could mean that they would actually spend more on taxes than they would have in healthcare expenses, and it may just not be worth it. However, since the plan would end all private and employer-based insurance companies, they wouldn’t have another option.

And while having a single-payer system may initially lower administrative costs and allow the government to be more effective in negotiating drug prices for the average person, it would drive overall spending on healthcare up, according to a senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Larry Levitt. With more people covered and no copays or deductibles, people would go to the doctor more often, therefore spending more.

Secondly, there is the fact that this is all just a political ploy for power.

The bill simply won’t pass, at not this time. There are too many unknowns, and Sanders knows it. Nevertheless, it is being used as a way to unite leftists in the Democratic party. NPR’s Scott Detrow said it like this, “The whole thing is more about political framing – getting Democrats to the point where this would be a top priority whenever the party is back in power.”

When Sanders first began speaking about socialized insurance back in 2013, he received zero support. He didn’t have one single co-sponsor. Now, however, he has 16, including several of his Democratic primary opponents. This is proof that the party is moving further to the left and that the idea of a single-payer system is becoming more popular.

However, the added support for the bill may still not be enough. Recent polls show that while it is more popular than it has been in years past, the numbers fluctuate drastically given what is being said about the plan. When it is mentioned that taxes will be raised support immediately suffers. And when lower out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles are announced, it becomes more popular.

Plus, people don’t like the idea of not having a choice. With the system as it is now, you can choose with whom and where you are insured for the most part. But with Sanders’ plan, there is no choice, giving the government absolute control and being one step closer to a socialist or communist government.

141 thoughts on “Sanders Defends “Medicare-for-all” Against all Odds”

  1. “the burn is truly a joke”, this old prig doesn’t pay his own staff a living wage , I can’t imagine the old fool paying IT’S people $15 bucks an hour, It would sooner chew IT’S hands off………..MEDICARE FOR ALL ISN’T GONNA HAPPEN, IT’S NOT THAT GREAT FOR SENIORS AS IT IS, by the time you give Medicare for all, it would be so watered down, one might as well not have any coverage at all…….AND I WOULD BET YOU WON’T TAKE IT YOUR SELF YOU MEALLY MOUTHED WORTHLESS OLD BROKEN DOWN MALE, YOU WILL KEEP YOUR SAME GRAND POLICY YOU HAVE NOW AND WE WILL STILL HAVE TO A PAY A PORTION OF IT FOR YOU…………….YOU STINK OLD MALE.

  2. Really Bernie? Who’s going to paid for your pipe dream? The American taxpayers. You and your anti America crap. Take from the working class give to the lazyclass. Death panels and long months to see a doctor if your lucky if your still alive. Your truly a disgrace. Just stop your bs.

  3. You old fart you need to go home and settle in and let your old aged feeble mind relax because all you do is talk crazy. We do not want the government handling our healthcare and I do not intend to pay for anyone else’s healthcare. So go back home and prepare yourself for the end which seems to be getting closer for you because evertime you speak you seem to be at
    King out of your mind. It’s hell to get old, isn’t it?

  4. No medicare for all. People have the right to chose their healthcare and medicare is NOT for those who are able to work. It is for those who are 66 or over and/those who are on disability. Americans cannot afford to pay for everyone’s. Those of us who are retired paid into the system and still pay a premium and co-pay. It isn’t right for everyone to get it and not pay for it. Private insurance should be used by those who don’t have it now and don’t qualify for it now. There is no reason to make the entire country go bankrupt because the left wants us to.

  5. Snore fest? Imagine 4 years of it?!!! And, when hasn’t the Middle Class gotten the raw end of the deal? The wealthy can move away and/or buy elsewhere; in other words, go where the going is good. The poor cannot pay. It’s scary for them. It’s frustrating for us. He best go take a nap.

  6. We already have an example or two of single payer health care. Look at the health care provided to the Indian reservations for one. Secondly there is the VA. Good, generally, health care – IF you can live long enough to receive any. The current Medicare system is already facing bankruptcy and that is with premiums, co-pays, and deductibles on top of all of the taxes paid in. His plan calls for no premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles and adding everyone not covered by Medicare including at least 30 million illegal aliens. Some of those countries he points to have a smaller population than we have illegal aliens living in this country. Notice also that he doesn’t point to the outstanding health care given in the USSR—oops my bad their system collapsed and they do not exist anymore. He also ignores Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea and Red China. The government needs a much smaller footprint in all aspects of our lives – except national defense. Build the Wall.

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