McGovern continues to push Medicare for all, this time in Washington Post

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Mitchell native and resident George McGovern thinks there’s a simple solution to the health-care debate that has the nation in a tizzy. He’s now taken his message to a much broader audience with his penning of an op-ed for The Washington Post. 

"If we want comprehensive health care for all our citizens," McGovern writes in part, "we can achieve it with a single sentence: Congress hereby extends Medicare to all Americans."

He goes on to write this:

… We recently bailed out the finance houses and banks to the tune of $700 billion. A country that can afford such an outlay while paying for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can afford to do what every other advanced democracy has done: underwrite quality health care for all its citizens.

If Medicare needs a few modifications in order to serve all Americans, we can make such adjustments now or later. But let’s make sure Congress has an up or down vote on Medicare for all before it adjourns this year. Let’s not waste time trying to reinvent the wheel. We all know what Medicare is. Do we want health care for all, or only for those over 65? …

Read the entire piece by clicking here.

12 thoughts on “McGovern continues to push Medicare for all, this time in Washington Post

  1. Medicare is already going broke without adding more to it despite the fact that providers have to shift costs that medicare don’t cover to those covered by private insurance. That is why private insurance costs have skyrocketing. Doing more of what got us into this mess as a solution is insane.

  2. Medicare is not going broke any more than our defense budget is going broke or are agriculture budget is going broke. You are hung up on the Medicare Trust Fund…which is simply an accounting gimmick. It is not like they have a bunch of money stashed away in an offshore account that can’t be touched.

  3. How is the defense budget funded? You do realize that dollars are fungible, don’t you?

    If there aren’t enough payroll taxes to satisfy your desire for an accounting gimmick (trust fund) to show positive cash flow, couldn’t we simply specify an additional source of funding? Seems easy enough to me…the hard part is funding two lengthy wars while cutting taxes. How did that work out?

  4. Funding a war is for the common good. Having somebody else pay for your needs is not.

    Bush tax cuts increases revenues, as Laffer correctly predicts. It was spending that Bush over done. For example, he added prescription drugs to Medicare. How soon the left forgets.

  5. As I recall the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 prescription drugs were not really added to the existing Medicare structure. They are add on part D plans sold by private insurance companies. Also, that bill expressly prohibits Medicare from negotiating the best possible rates for drugs…just as they do at the Veterans Administration and in every other industrialized country in the world.

  6. Let’s face it-government does a terrible job of running things that should be kept private. I don’t know if health care should be ran by the government or not. Think about it. Private parties are not influenced by politics to run their business for the most part, what about government? I know that reform is needed, but is this the answer? I don’t think that it is.

  7. Well…….I looked up my medicare statement, and I am paying medicare $96.+ per month. Medicare pays 80% of what it will allow for medical needs. (That means….if the Dr. bills you $110, and medicare says all he/she is entitled to bill is $100, they will pay $80….and you will be paying the extra $30.) I have to carry supplimental insurance to cover the addition due to age and the fear of catastrophic illness. There is no free lunch. You are the Gov. and you will be paying one way or another.

  8. Check it out, have you priced private insurance lately. For the type of coverage you are talking about it would be several hundred dollars more per month and you would have similar copays where you are responsible for 20% or more of the bills. In addition you would face the possibility of being dropped from coverage if you got too sick and nearly all private insurance policies have a lifetime limit on benefits with many limits as low as $1 million. Most people never read the fine print.

  9. Private Insurance is Not Better, I agree with you on the problems of private insurance; however, that Medicare cost is per individual, and I still have to pay for private insurance. Imagine the cost per family. Unfortunately, one is better off in America poor. There is Govt assistance if you are poor enough, but can our Govt afford to pay for everyone? We forget Govt. is us. Let’s fix the problems….such as pre-existing conditions, limits to lifetime benefits, etc.
    Question: How are you going to force someone, young and health, to even consider taking the insurance when they can wait until they are ill?
    There are so many unanswered questions, difficult questions.

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