Noticeably absent from the Democrats’ latest policy platform: any mention of “Medicare for All.” But don’t be fooled. Efforts to push government-run health care are still a real threat.
Sen. Bernie Sanders makes a valid point: The pandemic does illustrate the shortcomings of our system of health coverage. But his single-payer health care plan would take the system in the exact opposite direction.
“How much is it gonna cost?” Biden asked Sanders. “Who is gonna pay for it? It will cost more than the entire federal budget we spend now. More than the entire budget. The idea middle class taxes aren’t going to go up is just crazy.”
There is certainly something to be learned from examining health care policies in such countries as the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Japan and Sweden, plus the problem-plagued Canadian and British models. But by far the most interesting and successful model is Singapore.
Democratic 2020 candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he won’t put a price tag on his government takeover of the health care system because the figure is “such a huge number.”
Some Americans want U.S. health care to move in the direction of Britain and Europe. Prominent Democrats are pushing “Medicare for All” legislation that would outlaw private insurance, cost Americans trillions of dollars, and put countless American patients on waiting lists like the one I faced.
Health care costs are too high. Too many Americans don’t have the option to see the doctors they want to. But the solution isn’t “Medicare for All.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders has been clearer than others about the need to raise middle-class taxes to pay for his “Medicare for All” program. The point is to replace costs on households from health care with more taxes, which Sanders says will save families money. This is just wishful thinking.
If every provision of Medicare for All rolled out smoothly, millions of American seniors necessarily would have their current health care stripped from them and replaced with whatever the Department of Health and Human Services decides is health care.
It turns out Medicare for All would cost some working families more than their budget for electricity; others, their gasoline budget; and others, even more than their food budget. As a result, 73.5% of Americans will have less money in their pockets under Medicare for All.
Think you’ll be better off if Congress outlaws your private health coverage and puts you on a new government-run health plan called “Medicare for All”? Over half of House Democrats and 14 senators, including Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., say you will.