Why Vermonts Single Payer System failed
- Tuesday, 30 April 2019 09:07
Very good article from The Washington Post, Why Vermont’s single payer effort failed and what Democrats should learn from it. Link to article which details how Vermont enacted a State Run health plan and then never implemented it due to the staggering costs it would take to put it in and the massive tax burden it would have put on the residents of Vermont. Medicare For All is a noble platform but it is a great unknown with potentially devastating costs and obstacles to receiving care in the timely fashion we now are accustomed to
“Biggest Threat to the American Health Care System”
- Friday, 19 April 2019 11:46
Thats what Seema Verma calls “medicare for all.” Who is she? Well besides being the prior CEO of a health policy consulting firm, Health Management Associates – she is the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Why does the Director of Medicare feel this way?
“What we’re talking about is stripping people of their private health insurance, forcing them into a government-run program.”
But Verma noted that socialized health care systems in other countries have problems of their own — including long wait times and poor care — leading citizens to travel to the U.S. for drugs and care they can’t access at home.
“So this is a bureaucracy that’s going to be making decisions about everybody’s healthcare, what kind of benefits they can have, what kind of medications that they can have access to,” she said. “And if we look at other socialized countries that have tried this approach, what do we see there? Long wait times, poor quality health care and that’s why those people are flying to the United States to get their health care.”
Medicare for All
- Saturday, 13 April 2019 11:31
Its clear that Bernie Sanders is making “Medicare for All” the keystone in his push for the 2020 Democratic Nomination. The topic of guaranteeing health care for all Americans is popular so its a smart move on his part, and makes for easy sound bites.
“Together we are going to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America, our great country, being the only major nation on earth not to guarantee health care to all as a right,” Sanders said. “This is a struggle for the heart and soul of who we are as American people.” “Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders said at a Capitol Hill rally Wednesday.
The real battle here is about logistics and cost, however. you don’t hear much about that on the nightly news or the late-night talk shows. Most estimates, including democratic ones, indicate it ” could increase government spending on health care by more than $25 trillion. ” The liberterian Mercatus Center puts the price tag at 32.6 trillion over ten years. Sanders claims that the higher taxes paid by all would be balanced by what you would save on premiums and high deductibles. This discounts the fact that about 85% of the population has claims less than $2000 every year; they will still be paying much higher taxes.
The White House described the plan as a “total government takeover of health care that would actually hurt seniors, eliminate private health insurance for 180 million Americans, and cripple our economy and future generations with unprecedented debt.” The president has vowed the GOP will be the “party of great health care,” but has not provided a plan of his own.
Unfortunately, no one on either side has yet proposed any legislation that would be functional, reasonable priced, and actually solve some of the biggest issues in health care costs- prescription drug costs, fraud and skyrocketing malpractice costs. Our system is clearly broken, and cannot be fixed by soundbites, political parties or sweeping statements. IMHO its time this country figured this out.