Following is a description of the Sanders health reform proposal from his website. Basically his idea is to provide coverage for every conceivable health care related service, including long-term care, “free” when services are provided and without any limitations or restrictions. You can find a good analysis of the plan HERE. Suffice to say, such an approach is a formula for financial disaster and likely a great deal of unnecessary care being provided. But the practical absurdity of all this is not the topic for today.
Think about the mindset of a person who can conceive of such a plan and propose it for a nation. Does their thinking reflect a sound understanding of the problem and the participants in the system? Is there serious consideration of the consequences and long-term implications? Is there a clear view of complicated issues? Rather, there is a naive one-dementional simplistic approach to problem solving. This approach is reflected in Sanders other proposals such as “free” college and even raising the minimum wage. The same is true of his ideas for Social Security; ignore 2034 and just expand benefits and turn the program into welfare.
His ideas are devoid of consideration for solving the fundamental problem they attempt to address. Free college does not address the high school students unprepared for college or the time wasted in college. Raising the minimum wage does not address the lack of skills and job readiness of workers, it merely make them more comfortable in the trap they are in. Fixing Social Security by turning it into welfare does not address Social Security finances or the fundamental retirement issues we face.
“Bernie’s plan would create a federally administered single-payer health care program. Universal single-payer health care means comprehensive coverage for all Americans. Bernie’s plan will cover the entire continuum of health care, from inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary care to specialty care, including long-term and palliative care; vision, hearing and oral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; as well as prescription medications, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostics and treatments. Patients will be able to choose a health care provider without worrying about whether that provider is in-network and will be able to get the care they need without having to read any fine print or trying to figure out how they can afford the out-of-pocket costs…[etc.].”