Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart

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– On Friday, House Republicans failed to muster enough support to pass the GOP healthcare plan, which some call Trumpcare. In response, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he will soon introduce a bill to create a single-payer healthcare system. Several progressive groups are backing a single-payer system, including the Working Families Party, the Progressive Campaign Change Committee, CREDO, Social Security Works and National Nurses United. For more, we speak with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program. She is a professor at CUNY-Hunter College and a primary care physician. She is also a lecturer at Harvard Medical School.

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Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart

 

57 thoughts on “Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart

    • +000000 000000 – *Nothing* *is* *”FREE”* , Paying Taxes is simply the price of admission into any civil society – We will all, rich and poor alike, pay for Single Payer Health Care through our Taxes. Some of us will pay it with gratitude and understanding, while some will need to be compelled to pay their due because their greed and hateful narrow perspective blinds them to reason.

    • Modem Mark Yeah but the thing about a single payer system is you don’t have to coerce anyone to pay. They get taxed and that goes to pay for HC. Everyone wins the cost is spread and the effective amount everyone pays is much lower. No one becomes bankrupt because they suddenly become ill.

    • *Nothing* *is* *”FREE”* , Paying Taxes is simply the price of admission into any civil society – We will all, rich and poor alike, pay for Single Payer Health Care through our Taxes. Some of us will pay it with gratitude and understanding, while some will need to be compelled to pay their due because their greed and hateful narrow perspective blinds them to reason.

    • Bernie will be too old to run in 2020 Hillary too if that makes you feel better . You people need to stop trying to run people who are likely to die while in office or not make it through two terms because of old age or health problems Being POTUS is prob the most stressful job in the world .

  1. Trump would implement a plan like this. If Bernie can create a populous movement and get the people behind him, Trump will sign on.
    He will be the president who solved healthcare in the history books and takes no risks if it fails because it’s the Democrats replacing their own plan. He just played ball.

    • Yes! When I heard Trump challenge Democrats to come crawling back to him after the failure of the GOP bill, I thought exactly the same thing. Pitch single-payer to Trump.

  2. A lot of usurious portfolios are dependent on health care profit. Nationalize health care and Federal Reserve. Get rid of the middle men. Bernie for President.

    • Britt – LOL! When the one whose name shall not be mentioned won the republican nomination, I, like many other Americans, started considering a move as well. Canada was looking really good. I might have to follow you to Vermont where I can retain my citizenship and vote out all these _________ ________!

    • Britt – how about Hawaii? We’ll elect Tusli Gabbard governor and then we’ll secede from the union? Don’t get me dreaming that big!

  3. If we can’t afford to help people with health care, we certainly can’t afford to shell out another $54 Billion to the bloated military.

  4. Universal healthcare will boost the economy. Lower cost will help businesses. People will have more money to spend and create local jobs. We’ll cover all people and catch up with the rest of the modern world.

  5. Is this lady seriously proposing to take $500 billion a year in profits away from big corporations??? Yeah, that’ll happen.

    • The system is deeply corrupt, but politicians still need votes. Voters are kept disinformed and disorganized, so voting doesn’t have much impact, but if voters got half smart and half organized, they’d find they had a lot of power, and something like single payer would be easy.

    • It’s a  genuine question, do people really want the federal government to have an monopoly on healthcare.

  6. As a liberal I have one major bone to pick with a federal single payer system and its the Republicans. The Republicans are breaking up programs now and they will to a federal single payer system. They won’t privatize it all at once, they’ll do what the conservatives did in Australia. Which is break the single payer system enough to allow people to buy their own insurance. The best option is to go with state based Bismarck systems. Which would consist of the states negotiation for medical services, we’d pay into semi private nonprofit health funds that have limited self administration. This would mean putting everyone not currently on Medicare, Medicaid, or federal employee programs into the state based systems. Then transition medicaid recipients into the universal system with a small program to cover copays for hospitalization assuming the copays are allowed to go to an unaffordable rate or their employers don’t provide an affordable supplement plan.

    • If you are referring to single payer, single payer has been proven the world over to cost far LESS per capita than does the absurdly expensive US health care system.

    • yeah taxes will go up but they would still be less than the amount people pay for private insurance. people will have more disposable income in the long run which they can use to strengthen the economy.

  7. Sadly there is no way that private insurance will allow this! They will find candidates and contribute to their campaigns so that they do everything they can to stop such a program!

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