Bernie Sanders Is Right, and Joe Biden Is Wrong. We Still Need Medicare for All.

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      Nonetheless, socialists and progressives should continue to make Medicare for All one of our central demands. As Democrats gear up to pass a new COVID stimulus bill and legislate through budget reconciliation — a work-around for approving certain measures in the absence of a sixty-vote veto-proof majority — advancing a robust single-payer vision will serve a vital political education function, make inroads with legislators, and help keep the movement alive without a major presidential campaign to carry it.

      Democrats seem likely to push for various tweaks to the ACA that, while improving upon the status quo, still leave the health care industry’s power — and mechanisms for harming patients — completely intact. We shouldn’t be timid about pointing this out: for example, Democrats’ plan to max out marketplace exchange premiums at 8.5 percent of income rather than 9.86 percent, as well as to eliminate the subsidy threshold so it no longer vanishes if a family’s income surpasses $100,000 per year, still preserves cost-sharing so high that many patients struggle to afford care when they need it — and leaves patients stuck with often tiny provider networks, vulnerable to bill collectors and lawsuits from providers, and saddled with the administrative burden of navigating byzantine insurance companies.

      Similarly, fixing the so-called “family glitch,” which previously left certain dependents unsubsidized, does too little to alter the fact that families are financially penalized simply for having sick children. Perhaps most gravely, these changes wouldn’t upend the private insurance system or end employment-based insurance — two central problems of the US health care system. We desperately need Medicare for All.

      Short of that, the Left can rally around a new bill from Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal, the Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act, which would cover all necessary care for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the measure would sunset benefits once the country is fully vaccinated, offering patients a taste of single-payer could build a passionate constituency for it. It’s hard to take something good away from people — and that could build momentum for Medicare for All.

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      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".


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