Bernie’s plan

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.

imageThink 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.].”



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  1. Reading the basic premise behind Bernie’s healthcare plan gave me an idea on how Bernie can end hunger in the United States and simplify food stamps (SNAP). We go to a single payer system for all fast food. You take your preschooler to McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, etc and order whatever you want and get as much as you want and get something for yourself while you are there. Since the workers will be making $15/hr this will keep a steady supply of customers to keep them employed. Of course they all will have college degrees in burger making. Since they will still be the bottom wage earners because they are making minimum wage the IRS won’t be able to tax them. We can tax the rich who must be the owners of the fast food restaurants who are getting rich off the government money.

    To help cut the resulting higher healthcare costs from all the overweight people eating fast food, the federal government can start a national soda sugar tax. But since the government is the single payer at the fast food joints it will have no effect and the national debt will only continue to soar.

    Within two generations there will be a shortage of fast food workers who are healthy enough to stand on their feet for their 4 hour part-time shift and they will have to raise wages to attract healthy workers and food prices will have to rise. Where will end?

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