Stupid, naive pandering is so frustrating…

and yet, millions of Americans lap it up no questions asked. The Tweet below is so misleading, so devoid of consideration of consequences as to be absurd, yet it receives thousands of likes.

Does anyone think things through these days beyond what sounds great for them here and now?

IF POLITICIANS TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT HEALTH CARE they’d sayAll citizens in one big risk pool paying the full cost – via taxes, premiums, etc, – for access to the quality healthcare care they want and are willing to pay for.” It’s that simple! The word “free” is never used.

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  1. If politicians told the truth about healthcare, they would say that there are millions of Americans who can not afford even basic healthcare, let alone catastrophic care…

    THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN*

    “Medicare for All” is not a specific program, it’s a catchall phrase for subsidized care for those who need it. Healthcare is a public good, like education, infrastructure, law enforcement, etc. Over 65 or under, one should not have to choose between food and insulin.

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls; in the last three years, Medicare has pumped over a million dollars worth of chemicals through my old veins, next week its radiation. I couldn’t “afford” that on my own, but I won’t turn it down. Would you?

    *In many, if not most cases

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your health problems. That said, “Medicare for All” is basically a synonym for socialized medicine. They changed the language since it didn’t play well (like the change from the term “gun control” to “gun violence.”). No, I won’t turn Medicare down when I am eligible.

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    2. “ THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN”

      And there are millions who are at fault… who either quit school, we’re too busy getting stoned or pregnant, etc… There’s no reason people who work hard should have their wages seized to cover them.

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  2. From the late P.J. O’Rourke — ‘If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.’

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  3. There are already millions of people 64 & under who think that existing Medicare is free. Who will break the fact it isn’t to them?

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    1. Guilty, I was one of those people. A year or so before I retired at 55, I made an effort to learn about Medicare. I wouldn’t needed it for 10 years and my employer offered some Medicare supplement plans but I didn’t understand why if Medicare was free.

      What I learned was that only Medicare part A was free in most cases. But I am sure that is the only part that most people hear including young me.

      As I am getting closer to age 65 I been learning about all the other Medicare parts B, C, D, F, G etc.. I didn’t know that they existed until I was retired watching all these Medicare open enrollment TV commercials trying to figure out what they were. I have since learn quite a bit on the other plans. I still have 3 more years to go before I take a deeper dive into Medicare. I am sure minor details will change by then so I am not getting too worked up about it now. I just know I need at least part D and some other plan like B, G or F.

      According to the commercials, all I have to do is call some 1-800 number to get the benefits that I deserve. After all, Medicare is free.

      And for the record, I don’t believe all that crap one bit. Nothing is free.

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  4. Just Tweeted to @RepJayapal Does M4All mean, as I am covered by Medicare today (after paying taxes all my life) that I won’t have deductibles, copays & coinsurance, nor Part B & D premiums? If so great! Who is going to pay? Or, will you conscript physicians, hospitals & Rx to provide for free?

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  5. I think the primary constituents of some these representatives are among the group that doesn’t do taxes. Hence the reps never talk about payments because that would send a chill down the spines of their voting block. It’s all about something for nothing.

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