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Bernie Sanders Makes His Spending Ideas Clear – sort of😎

In response to a Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about the cost of his proposals, Old Bernie wrote a letter to the editor and said this:

It is true that I proposed to extend the sol­vency of So­cial Se­cu­rity un­til the year 2065 and to ex­pand ben­efits. This proposal would be offset by lifting the cap on tax­able income above $250,000 a year.

But, here’s where the arti­cle is mis­taken. While a Medicare-for-all pro­gram may cost $15 tril­lion over 10 years, this pro­posal would elim­i­nate all payments made by Amer­i­cans and busi­nesses to health insur­ance com­pa­nies. At a time when the U.S. spends sub­stan­tially more per capita on health care than does any other coun­try on earth, a sin­gle-payer health care pro­gram would sub­stan­tially lower our total health care costs and would guar­an­tee health care to all Amer­icans. This ap­proach would end the international em­bar­rassment of the U.S. be­ing the only ma­jor coun­try on earth that doesn’t already do this. For The Wall Street Jour­nal to ig­nore the enor­mous sav­ings that Medicare-for-all would bring to our wildly in­ef­fi­cient and dys­functional  health care sys­tem is ir­re­spon­si­ble.

Old Bernie is again demonstrating his naive perspective on life. First, raising the cap, even entirely from the current level, on Social Security taxes does not solve the current fiscal problems let alone allow for benefit improvements. Better read this Bernie and check with the Congressional Budget Office. Raising the tax cap only solves 45% of the problem. But you see, Old Bernie thinks you are not too bright. Look at what he says about fixing Social Security until 2065, that’s fifty years which is not the standard used by the Trustees and the CBO, which is 75 years for calculations.

Second, Old Bernie conveniently forgets what his own state Vermont found when it tried to implement a single-payer system. The fact that Americans and employers would not be making payments to insurance companies is irrelevant when you consider they would be making larger payments to the government. Further, virtually all large employers do not make any payments to insurance companies because they are self-insured. Their costs are actual claims paid plus fixed admin costs per employee.

And by the way Bernie, did you forget that in many of the countries you admire that employers and/or individuals buy supplemental coverage to cover services not covered by their single-payer systems or to avoid waiting for health care?

Finally Bernie, have you looked at the inefficiency, fraud and waste that characterizes Medicare? The enormous savings Bernie attributes to Medicare-for-all are an illusion because, in part, looking at Medicare and applying its administration to the below age-65 population is a mistake. It would not be paying or administering the same types of claims.

It seems that Old Bernie is more worried about “embarrassment” than practical solutions in the real world.

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  1. I am a vigorous supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders quest to attain the nomination as President of the United States on the Democrat Party ticket. If I were an Iowan or New Hampshire- ite (?) I’d register as a Democrat and vote for him in a Medicare supported, and therefore made possible, heart-beat. He’s the real deal. He champions vast increases in federal taxes to support an enormous increase in the power of Washington D.C.

    His nomination, or failing that, his weakening of political and moral support of Hilary Clinton, will make it more likely we will have a Republican in the White House in January 2017.

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