Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us | Democracy Now!

Buzzwords and bullshit and/or extreme ignorance and intentional misinformation.

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? If you do, my sympathy because it’s pure nonsense. You might even call it fake propaganda. Even studies by proponents of such a system don’t claim all this. And yet, there are many people who accept such rhetoric on face value. 

And here is something you can take to the bank, any single-payer system will dramatically change the way health care is delivered along with our expectations for health care.

For the record, insurance companies do not make unconscionable profits and as a portion of the premium you pay, executive salaries are irrelevant.

As it is Medicare is underfunded and the HI trust will be empty in 11 years. All the administrative functions performed by insurers and more will have to be performed by a new system and if they use government workers, they are paid total compensation about 50% more than private sector workers.

Nothing of the familiar aspects of the U.S. health system could be maintained under such a system because it would not be affordable or sustainable. 

Medicare for All would maintain the current system of private and nonprofit hospitals, doctor offices and all the other familiar aspects of the U.S. health system. The single most important difference is that health insurance companies as we know them would cease to exist. Insurance companies don’t actually deliver health care. They act as administrators, processing bills, making unconscionable profits off people’s pain and paying enormous executive salaries. The savings would be extraordinary, and the system would most likely be as popular as Medicare is today.

Source: Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us | Democracy Now!


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  1. Medical Care is the only service I know of that you find out the cost after the service has been provided. I think until that changes, nothing much will, no matter who is on the hook for payment. I had minor hand surgery and asked the doctor what it was going to cost, she asked what insurance I had and when I told her, she said they pay good. She never gave me a price, my part was $1,500, insurance paid $3,200. Looking back I am not sure I would of done it, if the cost would of been disclosed, since I had been living with the problem for 7 years.


  2. Just extending expiration dates on medicines (as the military does currently based on testing and saves multi billions) along with allowing negotiation of drug prices (which is currently prohibited by law) would more or less FIX medicare. The problem is there is no lobby for this and a strong Pharma lobby against it.

    I suspect there are more fixes like this that are not publicized. Are you aware of this practice by the military and how great the benefit would be to medicare if adopted? I had not even heard of it before. All we hear is the tired old stuff about how medicare is failing rather a focus on how easily it can be fixed. Both medicare and social security (about whom the failure scare stories are largely false) have been huge social successes.

    The effort should be on the small fixes needed to keep them working (which is the history of the programs to date) rather than apocalyptic false stories about impending failure. I suspect the criticisms generally are based on either ignorance or bad faith or a combination of both as little effort is made to discuss these changes which could fix the programs — I suspect there are implicit cultural biases which are not mentioned or possibly even recognized in these criticisms. .


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