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Bernie Sanders to introduce universal health care, Medicare for All

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2017-09-13 02:17:24
Bernie Sanders will be introducing legislation today that would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program. While the legislation doesn't stand a chance of actually passing, it does have the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators.

"Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All," Sanders said.

While the bill doesn't have a chance of passing in Congress, it is already backed by most of the Democratic senators who will most likely run for president in 2020.

What the bill would basically do is replace the current system with a public system. It would raise the taxes just a bit, but by the end of the day, the health care coverage would include everything with no co-payments - emergency surgery, prescription drugs, mental health, eye care, etc. What's more, Americans under the age of 18 would immediately get coverage.

Private health care wouldn't go anywhere, but would be meant for people interested in things such as plastic surgery, or possibly more, faster options for anyone who wants it. Basically it would be a system similar to Australia (health care system even Donald Trump approves of...).

The system would be simple, and it would provide coverage for all.

"I think the American people are sick and tired of filling out forms. Your income went up - you can't get this. Your income went down - you can't get that. You've got to argue with insurance companies about what you thought you were getting. Doctors are spending an enormous amount of time arguing with insurers," Sanders said.

While being a good idea, yet still having no chance of passing in Congress, what do people think about it? There are crackpots on both sides of the aisle, people definitely against it or people definitely for it, no matter what, no matter the details. But there are many sensible people on both sides of the aisle as well.

Some people say that if you consider the high and rising costs of their current healthcare insurance as part of the equation, the small tax rise is worth it, and by the end of the day, you'd end up with good health coverage and actually get to keep more of your money.

Other people say that while the idea is definitely good, and definitely works in many other countries, in the US it wouldn't work mainly because of the percentage of "freeloaders". They say that once you get to a certain number of freeloaders the system doesn't work anymore. And that's the problem with the idea in the United States. The system would work with enough tax payers, but with too many people on welfare and disability, often fraudulently, it wouldn't work. And that the shrinking number of tax payers wouldn't be able to support the entire country.

What do you think, would it work? Would you be for it?

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