July 31, 2018

Medicare for All

, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center.” (AP News)

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The left is encouraged by the study, emphasizing that “while the price tag for the federal government would increase, the total cost of healthcare would go down while also providing healthcare to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.”

Business Insider

The right sees the study as confirmation that single-payer healthcare would be far too expensive.

“It only seems expensive if you look at its effect on the federal budget alone. Families are already paying money through their insurance premiums. Wouldn’t it be better if there weren’t premiums, and families paid some portion of that money as taxes instead? Then the federal government could use its power to keep health care costs down, which would, in the end, save the families and businesses money, and ensure coverage for all.”

Slate

“Medicare currently covers the most expensive part of the population, seniors and Americans with disabilities. Adding younger people to Medicare would strengthen the system by creating a larger and healthier insurance pool. Furthermore... the plans add dental, vision, and hearing coverage, as well as other important benefit improvements.”

Salon

“The real way single-payer systems save money... [is] through cutting reimbursements to doctors, hospitals, drug companies, and device companies...


Vox

The right sees the study as confirmation that single-payer healthcare would be far too expensive.

“The federal government could double individual and corporate income tax revenues and they still wouldn’t have enough to fund Medicare for All on top of the rest of government expenses... The idea sounds good, but the math just doesn’t work. Democrats don’t have a good answer as to why.”

Washington Examiner

“Sanders has been pushing this in the national spotlight for at least three years, and he hasn’t even attempted a serious calculation of its cost? How would he know, then, that Mercatus’ estimate is too high, or even too low? This is what Democratic Socialism requires — demanding government control of economic sectors without knowing what it costs or how it will impact delivery.”

Hot Air

Furthermore, “Mercatus’s methods are actually cautious in a key way, taking at face value the idea that providers will accept Medicare reimbursement rates that are often below the cost of care.” But “it's not clear that this would be sustainable if hospitals could only count on Medicare-level payments. Regardless, hospitals are politically powerful and well-positioned to resist threats to their bottom line in Congress.”

National Review, Newsmax

“Demand for healthcare is pretty much unlimited. Something has to be the limitation upon it. In [Britain], it’s treatment delays... Sweden, that democratic socialist delight, insists upon a copay to see your general practitioner. Near all other systems are some combination of insurance and government subsidies to the poor... Entirely tax-financed, no-copay, excellent, speedy, healthcare for all doesn’t exist anywhere.”

Washington Examiner

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