Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Serious About Winning Medicare for All
December 8, 2019 at 12:07 AM - Views: 60 #235558JonLPParticipant
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The Public Option Will Not Transition Us to Medicare for All
First, it’s important to get one thing straight: the public option is not an incremental step toward Medicare for All.
Despite its distinctly generous terms, Warren’s Medicare for All option will be unaffordable to many who fail its means test. If a family of four makes more than $51,000 a year, they will be deemed to have the “means” to pay premiums and co-pays. That falls well below the median household income in America of $63,179. If you’re on traditional Medicare, Warren will cap your out-of-pocket costs at $1,500 a year. For the one in three senior households with either no money left over each month or debt after meeting essential expenses, this is nowhere near adequate.
No matter where you set the bar of deserving and undeserving, means-testing is a breeding ground for resentment toward those who qualify from those who don’t — the kind of politics the Right thrives on and has mobilized in recent decades alongside neoliberal Democrats to completely shred the social safety net. In contrast, Medicare for All’s commitment to universal health care free at the point of use would build solidarity by improving the lives of all working people.
On top of failing to be truly universal, Warren’s public option wouldn’t cut costs. Adam Gaffney, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, predicts that a public option will burden the government with the sickest and costliest patients, effectively subsidizing the continued profits of private insurers. Only a single-payer system can contain costs by controlling drug prices and reining in administrative overhead.
December 8, 2019 at 12:44 AM #235570RufusTFireflyParticipant
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Everybody in. Nobody out.
The most inclusive will also be the most unifying, successful, and cost effective.
(and the same applies to free public college, too.)
A so-called “public option” will actually undermine M4A instead of easing its successful introduction.
December 8, 2019 at 12:49 AM #235572The Red MenaceParticipant
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Incrementalism only sounds like a good idea for people who don’t need for anything.
Imagine telling a starving man “Yes, we have a banquet, but you can only have three peas today, a leaf of lettuce tomorrow, and maybe a stick from a corn dog after that. If you’re just patient, you’ll have a full plate just like everyone who’s already eating!”
December 8, 2019 at 1:14 AM #235580Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Warren’s legislative plan for Medicare for All is a recipe for failure, and she’s bound to know that. She’s trying to please everyone and pleasing very few, which is why she’s dropping in the polls. I don’t think she’ll recover, either. That’s good. A primary mainly between Bernie and Biden is one Bernie can win.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower
December 8, 2019 at 2:16 AM #235605incognitoParticipant
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If she was serious about M4A, she would just be supporting Bernie’s plan.
She’s only trying to make it to the White House and then she’ll, oh my (!), realize her plan just isn’t doable. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk. She’s playing voters. Just another politician who thinks we’re stupid.
December 8, 2019 at 4:21 AM #235629FedUpParticipant
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Her campaign is faltering. TPTB still have all their eggs in the Biden basket, and I suspect they’d be ok with Klobuchar or Buttigieg in the number two slot. A boring ticket that, win or lose, wouldn’t improve any ordinary person’s life. We have the devil we know in Trump, and the devil we know in Biden. Either way, we lose.
December 8, 2019 at 7:16 PM #235832MizzGrizzParticipant
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She isn’t serious about anything except sabotaging Bernie.That’s what she was put in this race to do.
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