(National Sentinel) Collapse: One of “Democratic” presidential contender Bernie Sanders’ biggest campaign promises in 2016 was “Medicare for all” — the unofficial name of his universal healthcare plan.
Like all avowed socialists, big ideas are based not on any realistic ability to pay for them, but rather on the notion that in order to get the big ideas passed, you’ve got to bribe voters with other peoples’ money so they’ll support you.
Well, Bernie got jobbed out of the Democratic Party nomination by a corrupt DNC and an equally corrupt rival, Hillary Clinton, and the rest is history.
Too bad the Medicare-for-all scheme isn’t.
While Sanders continues to serve as a U.S. senator, having gone back to being an “Independent” (because “Communist” or “Socialist” isn’t quite acceptable yet), his ‘free medical care for all’ gauntlet has been picked up by the Marxist Left’s newest darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
An economist (no, really — Boston University), Ocasio-Cortez has proven on numerous occasions she should ask for her tuition back because she has no idea how economics works.
She actually believes that “Medicare for all” — like Sanders does — is economically feasible just by “taxing the wealthy” so that they begin “paying their fair share.”
It’s not feasible, even in a country as wealthy as ours, without bankrupting it. That’s according to a new study.
As The Associated Press reported:
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center.
That’s trillion with a “T.”
The latest plan from the Vermont independent would require historic tax increases as government replaces what employers and consumers now pay for health care, according to the analysis being released Monday by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. It would deliver significant savings on administration and drug costs, but increased demand for care would drive up spending, the analysis found.
In other words, making healthcare free would cause more Americans to traipse into an urgent care, E.R., or doctor’s office for every minor sniffle, ache, or discomfort (like many already do).
“Enacting something like ‘Medicare for all’ would be a transformative change in the size of the federal government,” said Charles Blahous, the study’s author, according to the AP, which reported that “Blahous was a senior economic adviser to former President George W. Bush and a public trustee of Social Security and Medicare during the Obama administration.”
Unconvinced, Sanders responded.
“If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same,” Sanders said in a statement.
“This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program.”
While U.S. outcomes are lower than many other developed countries, much of that is because of government rules and meddling in the healthcare free market, which Sanders fails to address.
Oh, and the level of health spending has little to do with outcomes, as even The New York Times reported.
Maybe Bernie should go to a hospital in Venezuela sometime soon, where infants and children are dying because…socialism is so grand!