On Medicare for All and Bernie Sanders, February 23, 2020

Here are my February 22–23, 2020 statements on Medicare for All and Bernie Sanders on Twitter and Facebook. Congrats to Bernie for winning the Nevada caucus in a landslide!

The United States of America is the granddaddy of all unions. The Constitution was ordained “in Order to form a more perfect Union.” #Medicare4All puts the power of that big, beautiful union behind YOU. Hospitals will benefit—more are closing in states that REFUSED Medicaid!

If “socialism” is the bogeyman, why did Republicans expand* the Child Tax Credit in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and make it refundable to those who didn’t pay in? Shouldn’t it be eliminated?

*Only thru 2025 whereas giveaways to the rich are permanent.

Look at BernieTax.com—it’s a 4% new tax for Medicare for All at all brackets, plus higher taxes at high income levels (like it used to be before 1987), which is much less than what most Americans spend on healthcare already. #Medicare4All

Bernie Sanders’s movement is electric and we must unite the left behind him. He will crush the incumbent child-caging pardon-selling blowhard and bring systematic change benefitting 99%+ of Americans that is so long overdue. #Medicare4All #GreenNewDeal #NevadaCaucus #BlueWave

False equivalence fallacy from right-wing propagandists: Bernie has 3 houses! He’s just as bad as BP and the Koch brothers!

I think an insurance intermediary would raise costs overall… Somewhere. Either on the government, the plan member, or both.

The Urban Institute is estimating that Bernie’s plan will cost the federal government an additional $3.2 trillion a year, which of course is a massive expansion of federal spending added to the existing $4.6 trillion budget. But, this doesn’t involve new costs—but rather a shifting from individuals, employers, and state and local governments to the federal government. The 4% Medicare for All flat income tax makes up for it on individuals while being more equitable than what we have now, whereas governments and employers should also be expected to chip in.

The Urban Institute is predicting increased overall healthcare costs nationwide due to more people receiving more healthcare, although lower per-unit costs. As long as they are receiving necessary care, this is an improvement over going without. Keep in mind there are several versions of Medicare for All. Bernie’s eliminates deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and prescription costs, and also doesn’t include a means test. Social Security isn’t means tested either—even Warren Buffett can get it.

Medicare for All may seem radical now, but if you step back, what we have now with so many different systems and uninsured people is actually pretty radical. If Social Security and Medicare didn’t exist, we would think it’s awful to propose these programs now along with adding a 15.3% payroll tax. If the natural splendor of Manhattan wasn’t leveled in the early 19th century, we would never do it now… bad analogy, I know. 🙂

Note that the Urban Institute is refuted by many on the basis that administration of health insurance and care is 34% of total costs but, like with existing Medicare and Medicaid, this will be much lower under Medicare for All.

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