Why Medicare for all is a horrible idea and Alternatives for Universal Coverage

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I fully support universal public healthcare, but don't get me wrong, Medicare's fee for service arrangement is a disaster that is one of the reasons our costs are so high. It is horrible on controlling price and is not an efficient way to run universal healthcare compared to other system.

I think instead we should fully adopt something like the French system. This is a mixed public/private system that is somewhat similar to Obamacare. The bigger difference in my opinion is that it uses more price controls. This would be very easy to implement coming from the existing private US system compared to something like the UK's fully nationalized model.

France has a way more affordable and efficient healthcare system that people in that country like way more than medicare or medicaid. I think this fixation on "Medicare for all" stems more from a lack of imagination on what kind of public health systems are possible.

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Corporate Media Coverage Comparisons

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I've heard on the Corporate News over and over for the past 6 months about how if Bernie runs he'll have a real "hard path" to the nomination. Let's recap:

1) Bernie has been consistently been polling in 2nd place to Biden. Sometimes first, sometimes third to Beto. 2) He's got great favorabilities (best in the Senate) 3) He won 23 contests and 43% of the vote last time around while starting with no name recognition and no "Political Machine" (and no help from the DNC) 4) He's got some great name recognition now and a huge contingent of organized support just waiting to be put into motion. 5) While the media is already framing the story as "All of the Dem prospects have "'evolved' on different issues, so no one is perfectly consistent. Don't sweat the small stuff, people!" Bernie's record has been amazingly consistent for 40 years 6) He's Electable. Polls show he beats Trump. He appeals to Independents, and snagged a lot of would be Trump republicans last go around 7) He's got the experience. Has also been vetted through a life of politics and a national campaign. 8) HES RIGHT ON THE ISSUES

I just watched Rachel Maddow interview Kamala Harris. It ends with her and Lawrence O'Donnell laughing about how she's a favorite to win and has a likely path to the nomination. Just short of both predicting she'd win and endorsing her. Not sure where they're getting that info?

Kamala Harris: Doesn't poll as well, not as high favorables, not as high name recognition, not as electable vs Trump, not as firm on issues/more questionable record, never ran a national campaign.

It's not that I think Kamala Harris is a bad candidate; I don't. It's just so frustrating seeing the hypocrisy and bias in the Corporate Media. Can't wait for Bernie to announce! We're gonna have our work cut out for us again. Run Bernie Run!

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Anytime someone tells you the LIE that we “can’t afford” medicare for all, remind them that a family of 4 earning $50k/year would save nearly $5k/year. Premiums for the same family are almost $5k/year. Under M4A, the same family would pay $466 for BETTER coverage and no co-pays. #MedicareForAll

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Read the plan and EDUCATE folks

Private insurance premiums for a family of 4 are around $ 5,000 per year. And those plans often do not cover dental and vision, and still leave families on the hook for co-pays.

Under Bernie's plan, a family of 4 would pay around $ 466 more per year in taxes (a savings of almost 5,000 per year when you consider how much they are paying in private premiums currently) and would receive WAY BETTER coverage.

You would have to be a moron to refuse better coverage for less money…

Do not let anyone claim we "cannot afford" medicare for all without pushing back against that bullshit.

And as for the tax burden that high earners would see, I'm not about to shed one single tear that someone earning 10 million is going to have to pay 52% in taxes on all income exceeding 10 million. Boo hoo, cry me a river.

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