Imagine that everyone in America — you, your family, your friends and neighbors — everyone, could receive health care from doctors, hospitals, rehab facilities, extended care facilities, and all pharmaceuticals and equipment, and never have to worry about cost.
Imagine you being forced to choose between your financial devastation vs. sickness or death for your loved ones.
Then, imagine the federal government paying all your health-related bills, leaving you free from worry.
The rich in America already live in such a glorious world, but for most of us, current and future health affordability is an ongoing concern.
Yet, many non-rich Americans oppose even the concept of Medicare for All. Why?
1. It’s unsustainable. Debt fear mongers have been promulgating that myth for at least 80 years.In 1940, when the federal debt was $40 Billion, the fear-mongers were calling it a “ticking time bomb.
“Every year afterward, they have pounded the same lies into our brains: “The federal government will go broke. It’s “unsustainable.” Your children’s taxes will have to go up.”
Today, the debt is $20 Trillion, and the government has not gone broke, and indeed cannot go broke, and taxes have not risen.
2. It’s socialism. Actually it isn’t. It’s progressivism. Socialism is government ownership and control, not merely government support.
The federal government supports many things: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, poverty aids, education, etc. Shall we eliminate them?
Additionally, we do allow many forms of real socialism: The military, roads, bridges and dams, public libraries, NASA, the VA, etc. Shall we eliminate those, too?
3. It will cause inflation or hyperinflation. Although in the past 80 years, federal debt has risen an astounding 50,000%, inflation has averaged close to the Fed’s 2.5% target.
The reason is that the Fed has tools it needs to prevent and cure inflations, among which is: Control over interest rates.
Raising rates increases demand for the dollar, making it more valuable, so fewer dollars are needed to buy goods and services.
While federal “debt” (blue, i.e. deposits into T-security accounts) increased massively, inflation (red) increased modestly.
4. We don’t have enough resources. What this really means is: “If the poor start using doctors, hospitals, et al, then there won’t be enough doctors and hospitals for me.”
These objectors believe that a viable health-care system relies on the poor not being able to afford health-care — that “limited” resources should be reserved for the wealthier among us. This is America?
A nation’s resources grow with the money available to pay for them. Funded by a government’s unlimited ability to pay, resources are unlimited.
5. It will take money and jobs from the health insurance industry. Right, just as public transportation takes money and jobs from taxi drivers.
Some jobs will be added in the federal sector. But in any event, the notion that the poor should do without healthcare so that the insurance industry can keep its jobs is ridiculous. It’s an example of misplaced priorities.
The above are fake reasons, used to conceal the real reason, which is described in the following, brief, “THE WEEK Magazine” (2/22/19) article:
Despite all the attention tech gets, the biggest five insurance and health benefits companies have greater revenues than the FAANGS – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google.
The top five health insurers and benefit managers expect &787 billion in revenue for 2019, compared with $784 billion for the FAANGS.
Pharmacy benefit manager CVS, the biggest of the health-care group, expects revenues of $246 billion.
In short, the insurance companies, that massively bribe politicians with campaign contributions and promises of lucrative employment later, don’t want the federal government to offer you better, more comprehensive, no deductible insurance at no cost.
One-third of Senate Democrats have cosponsored the Medicare for All Act, which Sanders introduced in September.
Democrats who haven’t cosponsored the bill received 146 percent more money on average from health insurance companies between 2011 and 2016 than those who have ($147,186 to $59,789)
If you’ve been told lies #1 thru #5, there is a good chance the source either is ignorant of economic reality or has been bribed by the health insurance industry.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the richer and the poorer.
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.
Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
2. Federally funded medicare — parts a, b & d, plus long-term care — for everyone
3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
5. Salary for attending school
6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
9. Federal ownership of all banks
10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.
2 thoughts on “Medicare for All: The real stumbling block”
Well thought out, Rodger. The lack of common sense is remarkable in economics and politics. I like your analogy about public transport Vs taxi drivers. It’s these analogies that cut through, Same for socialism, Ive been writing about small S socialism, which you call social support Vs big S socialism which is government control of the whole economy. Any who says socialism as a dirty word needs to be made to choose between them. The US is a socialist state[small s] Calling it progressive just gets us tied up again in definitions. I haven’t found a short answer yet.
“…..non-rich Americans oppose even the concept of Medicare for All. …”
Let’s add one more…
6. News media has been bought out by the wealthy who despise competition and the truth, lest their cruel game be exposed.
Consequently, we are fed distraction-pablum such as the latest plane crash, presidential blunder, church bombing, school shooting, but never a monetary solution sitting in plain sight; a monetary solution that would eliminate the vast majority of society’s problems.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go read the newspaqper and run my brain full steam into the wall
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