OPINION | Brian Thomas: Six Reasons to Just Say No to Medicare for All [Poll]
Why am I not surprised? Senator Elizabeth Warren is playing politics with your healthcare. She's jumping on the Bernie Sanders bandwagon shouting "Medicare for All." Warren is a co-sponsor of Sander's bill that guarantees health insurance for everybody in the country.
Reason #1 to just say no. The only way to throw down such a guarantee is to force everyone onto the "Medicare for All" system. Sounds like Obamacare/Romneycare. Medicare's expansive growth has been nurtured by twisting the arms of employers to shove their employees off of traditional insurers in favor of the sub par, government old age package.
Reason #2 to just say no. The taxing scheme sounds tricky. According to Colonel Sanders "Medicare for All" will be partially paid for with higher taxes on the wealthy and a health care premium on employers. What an in genius way to get the rich and businesses to exit the country. As healthcare costs spiral to the space station, who will be left to pay the tab? The taxpayer.
Reason #3 to just say no. The healthcare industry worked well as an open market. Pricing got out of control 35 years ago, as governments poked their meddling finger in the pie, ushering in rules and regulations. Imagine working in the healthcare field and the government dictating your earnings. How much you can make? Who you may work for? When you can go on vacation? Union jobs.
Reason #4 to just say no. Now that you have "Medicare for All" health insurance, what is and is not covered? Am I paying for another's abortion, drug rehab, Narcan and mental health research on a guinea pig? A free and open market lets me determine my needs and wants and purchase it under a competitive pricing schematic. Sander's "Medicare for All" is one size fits all.
Reason #5 to just say no. Can we please learn the lesson from our neighbors to the north? Canadians pay top dollar to come to the states for surgical procedures they can't buy at home, under their single payer health insurance system. Why would we want that here? Excuse me. We do. One of our nation's top travel destinations is Mexico for medical tourism.
Reason #6 to just say no. If "Medicare for All" graduates into a single payer government collects the money system, as Senator Sanders relates on his website, then what happens to the all the health insurance companies, their employees and the powerful lobbyists? No joke. That's a lot of displaced workers.
Senator Bernie Sanders openly admits to being a democratic socialist. His regressive policies prove it. Senator Warren is proving to be a flip flopper. She campaigned for her seat in 2012 against a national healthcare plan. Warren recently supported Obamacare. Now, she's pushing crappy health insurance on everybody. Warren is politically spineless like many of her colleagues.
A few decades ago, Nancy Reagan had us chanting just say no to drugs. It's time we barked at Congress to just say no to on this bogus healthcare plan. It'll be too costly. The elected body that put us in this healthcare quagmire is the same body stumbling to fix it. As a free people we deserve better. Positive change will only transpire with a competitive system offering multiple, affordable options.
Editor’s Note: Brian Thomas is the host of Brian’s Beat on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10am-Noon and Saturdays from 6am-9am. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.