(National Sentinel) Medicare For All: One of the political issues that has been simmering quietly under the national radar has been Sen. Bernie Sanders’ push to “fix” health care by imposing a “single-payer” system to “fix” Obamacare.
For those who aren’t really sure what “single payer” means, it’s 100 percent government-controlled health care. The “single payer” part of the equation is where the federal government pays for all the care; there aren’t any more private health insurers to speak of because everyone would be in enrolled in a sort of “Medicare-for-all” program.
What’s to hate about that? Everything. More on that in a moment.
At first, not many Democrats were lining up behind Sanders’ plan, but now, right on cue, more of them are jumping on board. In addition to legislation he’s planning in the Senate, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has introduced a single-payer bill in the House that has 117 co-sponsors.
“The growing momentum for Medicare for all is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it’s really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Sen. Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power,” Charles Chamberlain, a progressive activist and the executive director of Democracy for America, wrote in a statement Tuesday.
This was the plan all along.
It might be a shock to some, but despite all of the promises Democrats and President Obama made about the Affordable Care Act being the end-all, be-all of health care reform, it’s a disaster. None of what Democrats promised has come true.
Care isn’t cheaper.
Monthly premiums are only cheaper for a few million people who get subsidies.
E.R. visits aren’t down.
Out-of-pocket expenses are higher for just about everyone.
Employer-sponsored health insurance didn’t drop “by $2,500 a year.” And so on.
For anyone who was listening, former Senate leader Harry Reid, the one-eyed Jack from Nevada, spilled the beans back in 2013. When he was asked by a PBS host if the long-term goal was to implement full-on, government-run, single-payer health care, Reid said, “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.” He then hinted that Obamacare was never going to work in the first place when he added, ““What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”
Fast forward to July of this year. In an interview with a national radio host, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the plan all along was to design Obamacare in a way that it would fail.
“It was designed to make sure that employers would drop coverage because it’s too expensive, that exchanges would fail and the government would come in and take over and you’d have single payer healthcare,” he told host Mike Graham.
And now, with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, here come Democrats charging forth with ‘their own version of health care reform’ — right on cue. The same party that handed us the disaster that is Obamacare now wants Uncle Sam to have even more control over our health care delivery systems.
That’s why “Medicare for all” is a lousy idea. Medicare for Some doesn’t work now; it’s inefficient because there are too many rules for providers to have to follow — all of which are expensive and help drive up costs for providers (and, hence, patients).
But beyond that, this “single-payer” push is all part of a well-thought-out plan concocted years ago to strip Americans of health care control and health care choice even more than Obamacare already does.
The one thing all of us need is health care (which is why the Democrats want to control it). The last people we ought to trust with it are government bureaucrats.
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