Talking past each other gets us nowhere – misleading information doesn’t help either

You see, government-run healthcare are trigger words, they are intended to conjure a system like the UK. Is Medicare government-run healthcare?

Cost the federal government? Providing a universal insurance system will cost money, lots of money. But that money will come from citizens in the form of taxes, premiums and out-of-pocket costs – not unlike what funds healthcare today. Those are not new costs, however. Find an American who is happy with the premiums they pay today, with their high deductibles and out-of-pocket costs?

Isn’t it curious that if we are talking about the same program it’s possible to come to widely different costs conclusions? Just use your own assumptions.

Of course, none of the people debating our healthcare future knows what is actually meant by Medicare-for-All.

House Members Remain Divided on Universal Healthcare | MedPage Today

WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican House members appeared as far apart as ever Tuesday on the issue of the best way to achieve universal healthcare coverage in the U.S. “Republicans are serious on this committee about trying to solve the healthcare problems we have in America, but bigger government and government-run healthcare is not the solution to the problem,” said Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which held a hearing on “Examining Pathways to Universal Health Coverage.”

For a large number of Democratic committee members, however, government-run healthcare — such as through a “Medicare for All” program — was exactly the answer. “For my colleagues on this committee, you have a choice in front of you today,” said Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.). “It’s a choice to save lives or a choice to let people die … I came to Congress because ‘Medicare for All,’ it’s not a choice for me. It’s a moral imperative.”

Contrary Presentations of Facts

Viewers trying to figure out what the facts were on the issue would have been hard-pressed to do so. Would a government-run system cost more money? Absolutely, according to committee member Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.). He cited an Urban Institute report saying that a single-payer healthcare plan that would cover all residents — including undocumented immigrants — would cost the federal government $34 trillion over 10 years.

No, it wouldn’t cost more money — instead, it would save money, according to committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). “I would like to submit for the record a study from the University of California San Francisco, which analyzed 22 single-payer proposals and found that every single one would result in long-term financial savings,” she said. “If my Republican colleagues were really worried about inflation, they would support policies that bring down healthcare costs, instead of voting 60 times against the Affordable Care Act healthcare plan that has expanded healthcare to 30 million Americans.”

Source: House Members Remain Divided on Universal Healthcare | MedPage Today

2 comments

  1. True you are talking one payer insurance such as M4A instead of government clinics but when Washington runs the insurance they will effectively run the treatments. If the total costs go too high something will give. I am not in favor of jumping into a colossal program subject to the whims of people who get elected these days.

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    1. They haven’t run any of the treatments for me or my wife under Medicare for the last twelve years. However, when costs go too high something will give- in the past that was cutting physician reimbursements which was never fully implemented.

      Is any of that different from what employers have and are doing with their health benefits, high deductible plans, tighter networks and more?

      The American people must come to grip with the fact their health system must change and fully paid for. If there is a comprehensive solution for everyone other than some form of M4A, I’d like to hear what that is. And no, I’m not talking about the Sen Sanders form of M4A where everything is covered and “free.”

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