1. It will cut bureaucracy. Right now we have a gigantic book full of regulations concerning Obamacare, and the Republicans want to destroy most of them and insert their own, and you know what? We already have all the regulations and bureaucracy in place for Medicare that has been tested for over fifty years. It’s not perfect (nothing in government or business or education or anything is perfect) but it sure is easier to deal with.
2. It will get rid of mandatory insurance. Right now, insurance companies provide no health care. They’re a middle man standing between you and health care. Oh sure, if you want to buy extra health care to cover elective surgery or other things, you can do that now with medicare. But if we get rid of the need for health insurance companies, we can cut our health care costs tremendously, like every other industrialized country has done.
3. It will lower costs. That’s how health care works, after all. If we spread the costs out among 350 million people or so (as opposed to the way we spread them out among much smaller insurance groups today), then we’ll reduce the average expenditure per person.
4. It will save everyone money. Right now, you’re either paying for insurance on your own (which is expensive) or your employer is paying for it. If it is government-provided, those costs will go away. Your employer should increase your salary accordingly (and you should demand as such — after all, they think that’s what you’re worth). Even if your taxes increase (and they don’t have to — we have the money, we’re just wasting it on things we don’t need like tax breaks for billionaires), they won’t increase as much as your insurance premiums are.
The fact is that this is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to provide health insurance to Americans.
(Note: Unlike Donald Trump, I know that health care is a complicated issue. This article is a very stripped down simple summary and does not cover every nuance, nor is it trying to.)
For those of you who are against Obamacare: Most of you are not deluded. You understand that it’s not going to get repealed. We’re stuck with it.
But it has a whole lot of problems. There’s a new bureaucracy, and that damned web page, and there’s still issues involving businesses that don’t want to provide health care for things they don’t believe in. It’s a bother to force people to sign up for it, and then there’s the penalty part of it if you don’t. And insurance companies can still limit which doctor you get to see. (That happened to me when I switched and suddenly discovered that they wouldn’t cover payment to the family doctor my wife and I have been seeing for a dozen years or more.)
There is one easy solution.
All we have to do is remove the age restriction on medicare.
The bureaucracy for it is already in place, and the elderly are overwhelmingly happy with the way it works. You get to choose your own doctor. Insurance companies are out of the picture and can’t regulate what gets covered.
We spread the costs out among 300 million people or so (as opposed to the way we spread them out among much smaller insurance groups today) and reduce the average expenditure per person. And a new Obamacare bureaucracy, with its books full of regulations telling the insurance companies what they can and cannot do, can be thrown in the garbage.
And just like the elderly do now, you can buy insurance that goes beyond what medicare covers if you so desire.
This is the original plan the Democrats wanted way back when, but you folks insisted on a “market-based” plan similar to Romneycare. That is, until the democrats agreed to do it that way. Then you hated Romneycare.
Medicare for all is the way to go.
This is why every other industrialized country has done it this way, and has had many years of experience doing it to show that it works. (Heck, we have many years of doing it, if you count medicare.)
But the fact is that this is the easiest, cheapest, and best way to provide health insurance to Americans. That’s what you like, right? Saving money?
This will do it.