With quite a few friends, Sanders unveils his single-payer pitch

Randolph Lopez
September 14, 2017

When it comes to access, the major problem in the United States is distributional: some of the poor have insufficient access and, arguably, some of the well-off receive health care at too low a user price. Bernie answered them today in a Times's op-ed entitled "Why we need Medicare for all:" "The reason that our health care system is so outrageously expensive is that it is not created to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, but to provide huge profits to the medical-industrial complex", Sanders wrote.

Sanders' office has said the new proposal is different.

A single-payer system would certainly require tax revenue.

That makes today's unveiling somewhat incomplete, but as a practical matter, that probably doesn't much matter: with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, it's not as if "Medicare for All" is poised for legislative consideration anyway. Today, the share of the electorate that believes health coverage is a government responsibility is at the highest level it's been in almost a decade, according to the most recent figures from the Pew Research Center.

Sanders is calling for a federally run program that would provide Americans with no-cost, comprehensive health insurance - covering everything from preventive care to prescription medications to eye examinations. It would be phased in over four years. We are then back to the change either being unpopular or spending too much money on people who already have decent coverage.

Brent Saunders (which sounds like a bad alias Bernie Sanders would use if he were on the run from the law) is the chief executive of Allergan, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center right, and supporters, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care.

Both essentially say they have a more immediate concern of fixing ObamaCare and remain open to a range of long-term solutions toward improving the country's health care system.

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The list, unveiled Wednesday morning, includes several Democratic senators thought to be eyeing a 2020 White House bid - Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts; Kamal Harris, of California; Cory Booker, of New Jersey; and Kirsten Gillibrand, of NY. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohio's Sherrod Brown.

When it is introduced on Wednesday, Mr Sanders' bill will have the backing of 15 Democrats, Mr Sanders said.

"Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is created to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?" Republicans see health care as something that should only be available based on the ability to pay. Graham and Cassidy have struggled for weeks to round up sufficient support for their package. "Needless to say, there will be huge opposition to this legislation from the powerful special interests that profit from the current wasteful system".

Like the failed Senate GOP repeal effort in July, the Graham-Cassidy push will get zero Democratic support.

Republicans' last attempt in July to overturn Obamacare fell one vote short in the Senate in a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "If we are going to say to those seniors who right now are facing a system which can not pay for the care they are scheduled to receive, that we are going to add 120 million more people, reminds me a lot that no one's going to lose their doctor and premiums are going to decrease by $2,500".

A third effort, a bipartisan attempt to shore up individual insurance markets around the country, is showing early signs that the sides are having problems reaching agreement. Republicans are also insisting on easing the Obama law's coverage requirements, which Democrats don't want to do.

Single-payer activists, mostly from the progressive grassroots movement that fueled Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, are delighting in a sense of momentum after years stuck on the margins of the debate. He offers no evidence, statistics, studies, or hard facts to support his claims - all that freedom, happiness, security, and healthy and fulfilling living simply morphs into being because Bernie said so and therefore, it must true. That's something Democrats oppose. Republicans will go around saying, "They're raising your taxes".

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