(TheLibertyRevolution.com) – It’s no secret that Bernie Sanders has proposed a Medicare for All plan. But it’s shocking to hear the Democratic presidential candidate call his program “the least disruptive approach” to health care reform in the United States.
That statement may be hard for many people to swallow, as it would result in roughly 181 million people in the U.S. being kicked off their current health insurance plans. Sanders’ Medicare for All would do away with private health insurance altogether, replacing it with a government-run system that would be single-payer in nature.
How much will this wide-ranging plan cost? It’s laughable to say, but even Sanders admitted when he gave an interview in January that he had no idea, and that it would be next to impossible for anyone to really know.
With no idea how much the plan will cost — and whether it would even be beneficial to most Americans — how can Sanders say it’d be “the least disruptive approach” to the country’s broken health-care system?
Here’s how he described it, in his own words, during a speech at a town hall at Franklin Pierce University recently:
“Now, people say, ‘Medicare for All is going to be so disruptive. It’s such a radical idea. Oh, my goodness.’ Actually, it’s the least disruptive approach to moving toward universal health care. Now Medicare is a good program. It is not good enough. Under our Medicare for All, we’re going to expand Medicare to cover dental care, hearing aids, eyeglasses.”
Sounds like a wonderful idea in theory, but that’s all it is at this point — theory and conjecture.
Sanders said he’d institute a “progressive tax system” to fund his entire program, which would actually result in most people in this country paying “substantially less” than they do at the moment.
Sanders, a senator from Vermont, has bigger plans for his Medicare for All plan, too. He said it would cover additional services, such as potentially covering home health care and aides that would result in both the disabled and elderly being able to stay at home rather than moving into an expensive nursing home.
There’s no denying that America’s entire health care system is flawed and needs to be fixed. Most of the candidates in the 2020 presidential election — from both sides of the aisle — agree with that sentiment. President Donald Trump has been fighting to undo damages done by former President Barrack Obama and his infamous “Obamacare” healthcare program.
But unlike some other candidates’ proposals, Sanders’ Medicare for All program is one of the most outlandish and wide-sweeping proposals there is. The attention-grabbing headlines and promises that are being made about the program sound enticing, for sure, but the fact that even Sanders doesn’t know what the program would cost should be concerning, if not alarming.
And the claim that a “progressive tax system” would pay for it all — while reducing the cost to Americans — is difficult to swallow as well.