GOP Senator Slams Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Plan

Katrina Barker
September 14, 2017

Fact is, there is no other country in the world like the United States and yet, if Bernie Sanders had his way; by adopting Universal health care, the USA would magically fall in line with Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) led a group of five Republican senators in introducing a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - the last such plan left standing in the Senate. It reflects how Sanders, an independent, is shaping the future of the Democratic Party following his improbable run for the presidency in the Democratic Primary previous year.

In order to better comprehend the scope of the Sanders' plan and as it applies to the "leaving no American behind" canard, I visited the Sanders' Medicare for All website.

Don't support Sanders' plan and Democrats risk alienating the party's liberal, activist voters, volunteers and contributors.

The line-up of cosponsors includes a handful of senators pundits have eyed as potential Democratic presidential candidates in 2020, including Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY. But according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Urban Institute, the single-payer system would cost the federal government more like $32 trillion over the first decade, requiring an average annual tax increase of $24,000 per household.

Ahead of the bill's release, Sanders explained some of his solutions for a "rational health care system" to Vox's Jeff Stein. To Americans' ears, Medicare is the popular public program that provides health coverage for seniors and it's the closest thing the USA has to single-payer.

Overhauling the USA system in such a dramatic way would require some important and hard choices, and for the most part, Sanders sidesteps those challenges.

Who doesn't? Progressive Senate stalwart Sherrod Brown said he was focused on advancing his own Medicare-related bill, one that would lower the eligibility age to 55. It would be phased in over four years. Over the next two years, the Medicare age would drop to 45, then 35 years old.

The U.S.'s patchwork system is mostly private, partly public and covers the vast majority of Americans. And before you say, "Well, the system works fairly well in Canada and throughout Europe", keep in mind that Sanders' vision includes building a system that would be even more generous to beneficiaries than our neighbors' to the north.

No. 2: a very important question, which is virtually not discussed by the media or discussed here in Congress, and that is why is it that despite all those without any health insurance or who are underinsured, we end up spending nearly twice as much per capita per person on health care as the people of any other nation?

The bill would expand upon a health insurance program for elderly Americans to cover everyone living in the U.S. The system, which would be unrolled over the course of four years, would mean that individuals and businesses would no longer pay premiums to insurers. You're no longer having to provide insurance to your employees. The time is now for a Medicare for All, single payer system. Turns out, the Affordable Care Act was a lot more popular with Americans than Republicans realized before their offices were inundated with phone calls, letters and emails and their town halls bombarded by constituents imploring them not to strip away their health care benefits. Republicans see health care as something that should only be available based on the ability to pay.

Should health care in the year 2017 in the United States of America be a right of all people? "And that's one way to do it, but in terms of health care that's a separate issue".

You can make a good case for continuing the forthcoming Cadillac tax on private insurance, as is embedded in Obamacare.

This political posturing, however, is far from a practical proposal. Sanders acknowledged that in an interview with the Vermont Press Bureau last month.

"Because I think that's more likely to happen".

Democrat Patrick Leahy, a fellow Vermont senator, has signed on as a cosponsor of Sanders' bill. Today, the share of the electorate that believes health coverage is a government responsibility is at the highest level it's been in almost a decade, according to the most recent figures from the Pew Research Center.

"Health care is a right, not a privilege, and no American should be unable to receive the treatment that they need", Leahy said.

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