If you want to know why Elizabeth Warren’s big plans for
Medicare for All is a humongous train wreck, look no further than England, where a similar plan has been in place for decades.
The UK and Canada’s Medicare For All
The NHS – National Health Service in England has been in place since July of 1948. It is funded by taxes, and all medical care is “free at the point of service.” For many who live there it’s good to have free healthcare for all. Canada also has a similar program, which they’ve had since the 50s. But what’s the problem if it’s so good?
There are several problems:
Wait times is a major issue, according to Forbes. If you are already in the hospital, there really is no wait time for your surgery. If, however, you need surgery and are waiting for it on the outside…good luck. The waiting list is quite long. Some people who have enough money sometimes opt to come to the United States to get their medical care. More than 36,000 people have been in the line to wait for 9 months or more, according to the Forbes article.
“Long waits for care are endemic to government-run, single-payer systems like the NHS. Yet some U.S. lawmakers want to import that model from across the pond. That would be a massive blunder.” Sally Pipes, Forbes Contributor
Then there’s the medical professional shortage, that is slowly increasing, but not at the top yet. (No surprise if you don’t pay them very much). The NHS record for treating cancer is abysmal, according to Fox.
English citizen Jessica Hullinger wrote in The Week about her experience in an NICU hospital:
“Perhaps the most dehumanizing part of this entire experience was how powerless we felt. There was no one I could complain to, no manager I could shake my fist at. We were just another disgruntled, weary family clutching our newborns and waiting to be released. That’s the thing: When you take the money out of medicine, when you’re no longer a paying customer with alternative options, you lose your leverage. You are at the mercy of the system…
…I don’t know how to fix Britain’s universal health-care system, just like I don’t know how to lower the costs of America’s privatized system. But I do know that, while the price of good health care shouldn’t be astronomical medical bills, it shouldn’t be emotional trauma, either.”
So let’s tackle Elizabeth Warren and her Medicare for All. (Also promoted by Bernie Sanders and AOC). Aside from the massive $52 Trillion price tag (plus $20 Trillion in new spending), which will be paid for by you, the American taxpayer, it will create a quagmire of wait times.
You only need look at the consequences of long wait times with our veterans to understand the potential for loss of life.
Warren believes that her program can be funded entirely by taxes on the wealthy. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says it would be impossible to do by only taxing wealthy people. Everyone would have to chip in to pay for it… which would increase taxes exponentially. One tax expert says it would take a 48% payroll tax to implement it. Just say no.
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