It’s time for Medicare for All

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This moment, right now, is an amazing opportunity for lawmakers to improve their country.  Even with congressional majorities and the White House, Republicans were unable to repeal Obamacare because of massive public mobilization in support of the law. This happened because Americans understand that government being involved in health insurance is a good thing, and they loudly opposed any reduction in government involvement. Now it is time for lawmakers to do what the majority of Americans want them to do. It is time for America’s health care system to catch up with the rest of the world. It is time to end the suffering of millions of poor, scared, sick people. It is time for Medicare for All.

Implementation would not be overly complicated because it would merely require the scaling-up of an already existing government program. The bill could be as simple as removing Medicare’s eligibility requirements and increasing payroll taxes to pay for it.

Medicare for All would have significant practical benefits. Overall administrative costs for the American healthcare system would decrease significantly. Private insurance companies typically spend 10% to 15% of their total costs on administrative costs. Medicare spends around 2% on administrative costs. (1) Individuals would no longer have to contend with complicated insurance applications and reimbursement procedures and red tape; they would just pay their taxes and go to the doctor. Employers would no longer have to contend with the massive costs of insuring every full-time worker and maintaining a larger human resources division. They would no longer have to cut workers’ hours to just below full-time so they don’t have to pay for the worker’s health insurance- they could just pay their taxes and go to the doctor.

Medicare for All would also be wildly popular. 53% of Americans now support a Medicare for All system, including 55% of independents and 28% of Republicans, according to a June 2017 poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation (2). Even Donald Trump’s core supporters, working and middle class rural whites, may support Medicare for All. Remember, Trump’s supporters cheered for his promises of “great healthcare,” not free-market healthcare.

Above all, extending Medicare to everybody is a moral imperative.

The ability to go to the doctor and receive quality medical care is recognized the world over as a basic human right, yet millions of Americans do not currently have that right because they cannot easily afford it. In the greatest nation on Earth, millions of people get sick and do not get better because they cannot afford to. They live harder and shorter lives, not because of a lack of technology or national poverty, but because those individuals can’t afford insurance. This is unacceptable. NOBODY IN THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH SHOULD HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO THE DOCTOR. PERIOD.