Democrats don’t understand the financial burdens “Medicare-for-all” would create
The initial hearing over the “Medicare-for-All” act was an emotional one. And it isn’t as if we aren’t all aware that our healthcare system is in need of a major overhaul. But the thing that Democrats aren’t understanding is that this particular system they are so hell bent on might only make things worse.
It would seem obvious to most that “Medicare-for-All” would pretty much be the end of private insurance, which is just one of the many problems with the current design that’s up for debate.
Several presidential hopefuls have endorsed some sort of version of the program, including Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttgieg, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and of course, Bernie Sanders. They hope to make this plan take effect by 2020.
Ady Barkan, an activist diagnosed with ALS in 2016, presented his own issues with the current healthcare industry. His testimony was emotional enough to make his supporters tear up, and was especially impactful by its delivery, which relied on a computer system designed to use his eye movements to create text that is then translated to speech.
“This health care system only works if you’re a pharmaceutical or health care industry executive who wants to maximize their own profit at the expense of people like me.
It is simply unconscionable that I should have to pay $9,000 a month for lifesaving medical care at a time when the insurance industry is raking in record profit.”
Barkan’s case is an extreme one, but it isn’t the only one like it. At the same time, knowing that the healthcare system needs an overhaul and trying to implement one that could make things even worse does not reflect any sort of sound judgement. At best, it’s emotionally reactive and not useful when it comes to detailing plans that would best serve the American people.
“In this country, the wealthiest in history, we do not have an effective or fair or rational system for delivering that care… High costs, bad outcomes, mind-boggling bureaucracy, racial disparities, geographic inequities, and obscene profiteering.” #MedicareForALL pic.twitter.com/4x0eUlpP3d
— Ady Barkan🔥🌹 (@AdyBarkan) April 30, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shared his thoughts on the matter, and made it clear exactly where the plan would NOT go.
“If I’m still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate. They won’t even be voted on. So think of me as the grim reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass. None of it.”
What do YOU think? Is “Medicare-for-All” the answer or should we just go back to the drawing board? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments.
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