Medicare for All
Medicare For All has caught fire in the far left, Socialist circles of the Democrat Party. The program is designed to replace the Democrats failed Obamacare program of 2009 and as the next step on their way to a single payer (government run) healthcare program. On Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All site it even says that: "Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America's health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program." According to Bernie Sanders, the initiator of the program, Medicare for All would create a federally administered single-payer health care program that 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. Sounds a lot like Obamacare promises plus official government takeover. Do the promises and the math hold up better than Obamacare? Read below.

Mending Our Tattered Health Care Safety Net

from Forbes,
Here’s the good news. We are probably as close to universal health insurance as we are ever likely to be. Only a tiny percent of the uninsured who are lawful U.S. residents lack access to subsidized health insurance. Here’s the bad news. Families at the bottom of the income ladder find that as their income goes up and down and as their job opportunities ebb and flow, they bounce back and forth among eligibility for Medicaid, eligibility for subsidized insurance in the Obamacare exchanges, eligibility for employer-provided coverage and sometimes eligible for none of the above. Consider these headlines:
  • Infant Mortality Rises for the First Time in 20 Years
  • For Those Without College Degrees, Life Expectancy Reached Its Peak Around 2010 and Has Been Falling Ever Since
  • Almost Four in Ten Medicaid Enrollees Delay Care Because of Cost
  • Traffic to Emergency Rooms Is Higher Than Ever. The Average Wait Time Is 2½ Hours
  • Patients Wait 13 Hours for Free Health Care
What’s a better answer? Take money already in the system and give everyone a risk-adjusted tax credit to buy long-lasting private coverage in a competitive market. We are already doing that with seniors in Medicare Advantage. Why can’t we do the same for people who are being ill-served by the current system? How to fix our tattered Healthcare system. More From Forbes:

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