2017/09/14 – Do Democrats Know How Radical Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Is? – Investors Business Daily
It’s hard to know where to begin to show just how radical Sanders’ plan really is.
But let’s start with this. There is no industrialized country in the world that has a government-run health care system as vast as the one Sanders proposes.
Plenty of other countries “guarantee” health care to their citizens, and pay most of the costs with tax dollars. But none promises first-dollar coverage for all health care, without limits.
In fact, there are no OECD countries where the government picks up the entire health care tab. In Canada, government spending accounts for 70% of health costs, in Germany, 85%, in Sweden it’s 83.9%, and in the U.K. it’s under 80%, according to OECD data.
There’s a good reason that even socialist countries don’t go as far as Sanders proposes: They all have firsthand experience with the massive budget problems caused by government-run health care, to say nothing of the chronic delays, waste and fraud they inevitably produce.
Sanders’ plan would also be massively disruptive.
To sell ObamaCare, President Obama at least pretended that “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” Sanders guarantees that if you like your plan, you will lose it, and be shoved into government insurance.
Some people continue to run in the opposite direction of common sense. Better and more affordable health care should move towards less government intervention – not more.