I’m Warren this time around, but it was so painfully obvious that CNN Corporate execs were bought out by centrist / Republican bidders…
“Bernie Sanders… You advocate for Medicare For All.. Why are you raping and pillaging the people as they drown in the taxes wrought by your disastrous plan?”
These questions NEVER consider how much excess we pay ALREADY
They never consider how many people are UNINSURED or UNDER-INSURED AND DIE because of this.
They never look at the ROI of true Universal Healthcare and its positive-feedback loop on society.
Foreword: I work in the healthcare system from a logistical standpoint. My wife is also an RN. I’ve researched this passionately for a while. I’ll do my best to target exactly what makes it more efficient while simultaneously being more ethical:
Americans pay 1.5-2x MORE per-capita for the cost of healthcare than comparative first-world industrialized OECD nations. So when people say “how will we pay for it?” tell them in all likelihood it will be cheaper than what we’re paying now. And yet they’re able to provide healthcare coverage to their entire population. In America? Even today despite the ACA helping, ~28 million people still lack healthcare coverage despite gains with the ACA. Because of this, up to 40,000 people die annually due solely to a lack of healthcare. Even a fraction of this figure is disgusting and causes more deaths to innocent Americans than 9/11 every 28 days.
They’re able to closely match (and sometimes out-pace) the health outcomes of the United States (WHO, OECD, Commonwealth)
They’re able to do this at almost half the cost (whether it’s private or via taxes, it makes no difference when you’re broadly paying less).
They’re able to provide ethical coverage to EVERYONE.
In doing so, you standardize administrative costs and billing (where a much higher overhead and waste occurs in the U.S. Up to 30% in administrative costs is unparalleled from elsewhere, even Medicare has much lower overhead).
You have a Return On Investment (ROI). It’s no surprise that when your workforce is healthier, happier, they’re more productive seeing as they’re less stressed and more capable of tackling their health ailments while they’re small instead of waiting for them to snowball to the point they’re unavoidable. (Per Kaiser Family Foundation, ~50% of Americans refuse to seek medical attention annually due to concerns for medical costs. Being in the healthcare industry, I assure you this is not what you want as you will inevitably be forced to confront your ailment when it’s exacerbated and exponentially more costlier to treat).
Medicare (what would likely be expanded to all) has superior patient satisfaction, leverages better rates against Hospitals, and is better at auditing fraud–all the while keeping things transparent (which is why their reports are broadly public and private insurers keep their data a closely guarded secret).
A final note is that apologists like to tout our advanced medical technologies. But here are a few points to make on that: 750,000 Americans leave to go elsewhere in the world for affordable health care. Only 75,000 of the rest of the world engage in “medical tourism” and come here to America annually. Let’s also note that most people lack the top-tier health insurance plans to access/afford such pioneering procedures. Meanwhile, countries like Germany and Japan are still innovators, so don’t let the rhetoric fool you. Worst case, America could easily take the savings from streamlining the billing process and inject that into research grants to universities, CDC, or NIH.
It is more efficient and ethical, and momentum is building. I’ll end with posting this AskReddit post of people telling their heartfelt stories in universal healthcare nations. While these are a collection of powerful anecdotes, it is 99% highly positive, with valuable views from those who’ve lived both in America and elsewhere. Simply speaking, both the comparative metrics and anecdotes do not support our current failed health care system.
If they’re still asking, “how will we pay for it?” Ask them if they cared about the loss in tax revenue that resulted from unnecessary tax-breaks on the wealthy, or the $2.4 trillion dollar cost of the Iraq War for which we received no Return-On-Investment (ROI). Remind them what the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Project did for us as an ROI. Remind them what technology we reaped from putting men on the moon, or the cost of WWII and development of the atom-bomb. Curiously, these people do not speak a word to these issues. Put simply, America is “great” when we remember that we have a reputation for a can-do attitude. Making excuses for why we cannot do something isn’t our style when we know it’s the right thing. We persevere because it’s the right thing.
Please, support Universal Healthcare in the form of Single-payer, Medicare-For-All. Be it Sanders’ plan or Warren’s plan, it doesn’t matter. Both are sufficient to push the concept forward into actual policy which will evolve.
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