By Scarlett Madison
There’s all kinds of buzz lately about how single-payer healthcare is the wave of the future for America. Politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have been pushing a Medicare-for-All concept that would cost Americans $32 trillion over a decade to implement.
The argument is that people should not have to go without healthcare, but here’s the question that none of them are answering. Is it really a problem that needs fixing in this manner or is it a solution in search of a problem? Obamacare is broken, but making an even more obtuse centralized, government-controlled healthcare system doesn’t seem to be a very good solution, especially with the price tag that’s attached.
One of the biggest fears outside of the tremendous cost is that those with single-payer healthcare or different variations on the theme seem to have deteriorating healthcare systems overall. Yes, people are “covered” for their healthcare needs, but are those needs being met properly? Invariably, the answer is “no.”
In this video, John Stossel probes the question and tackles some of the common talking points associated with Medicare-for-All. Does it work? Can it give everyone healthcare without making that healthcare worse?
In a prime example of “be careful what you wish for,” so many proponents of Medicare-for-All have been saying we need single-payer healthcare to fix our problems. But what problems will arise if they get their wish? We should all fear those prospects.