Many Democrats are running on Medicare for all. But, is it really possible and will it further erode medical treatment in the United States just like Obamacare did? Obamacare was a scam on many different levels. The Democrats did not vote it in because they thought it would work.
They voted it in knowing it wouldn’t and that would give them the opening for a single payer system. They did this with high deductibles and large co-payments. In California, you were lucky to even find a doctor, because so many people couldn’t afford the co-pays and deductibles.
1. It failed in Vermont, Bernie Sanders’s home state. That’s right — the guy running around promoting “Medicare for All” could not make it work in his own little state: it was far too expensive, and too complicated. The idea failed to pass in California for the same reason: it would have cost more than twice the annual budget. A recent study showed “Medicare for All” would cost $38 trillion over the first 10 years — again, twice the current federal budget.
2. You think you’re getting “Medicare,” but you’d get “Medicaid” — if you’re lucky. Medicaid is the insurance policy for the poor, and it is plagued by chronic problems. Not only is it a huge financial burden, but many doctors do not accept Medicaid insurance: you cannot get the doctor or the care that you want. That is what “Medicare for All” would look likeonce the resources of the Medicare system were stretched to cover everyone else. Medicare is already very complicated, subject to fraud, over-spending, and endless bureaucracy. The idea of adding at least an additional 250 million or so people to the roughly 50 million Medicare now serves would be a recipe for disaster.
3. You can’t have universal health care and open borders. The same people who say we should have “Medicare for All” also want to allow as many immigrants into the country as possible — legal or illegal. That would swiftly bankrupt and destroy whatever health care the government managed to provide, leaving Americans with nothing.
So what is the Republican alternative? While it is true that Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare — since voters feared losing the bad health insurance they still had — they did make Obamacare cheaper by repealing the individual mandate and expanding short-term insurance options.