Lia Kozatch: ‘Medicare for All’ is more for less
Recently, the Koch brothers chose to drop their single-payer hit piece. This study warns that expanding Medicare to everyone would mean an increase of $32 trillion in federal spending over the next decade.
However, the Koch-funded Mercatus Center couldn’t hide the truth about single-payer and also found that expanding Medicare to everyone would insure 30 million more Americans, virtually eliminating out-of-pocket health care expenses while saving $2 trillion in the process.
Unfortunately, most major news outlets skipped over that seemingly important outcome and chose to focus on the $32 trillion number federal increase spending instead.
This study is all about spin. Even with the truth clearly spelled out in the report, the hope is that readers will be spooked by an “unprecedented strain on the federal budget” instead of getting more for less with “Medicare for All.”
The opposition to “Medicare for All” will continue attacks. Much of the opposition, like before, receives funding and support from various health insurance companies. The good news is that polling shows that public support for single-payer continues to go up.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ response to the Koch report sums it up: “If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same.”
I’ll acknowledge that a solution won’t come quickly, and that there is a lot of misinformation out there. Please take the time to read all that is available regarding “Medicare for All” to get accurate information.
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