Look out: Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan lies in wait for the day Democrats take over the government. With the debacle of Obamacare fresh in their minds, Democrats will make sure that this time, they take total control of your health care. This is a decades-old Democrat dream, and if they get the chance, they will say and do anything to achieve it.
The draconian BernieCare will outlaw all private insurance. The bill creates Regional Health Authorities to curb “over-utilization.” Translation: the Authority will decide if you get health care, and what kind you get. Every American will be automatically enrolled, and every child will be signed up at birth. If you are a union member with a hard-earned deluxe plan, you lose your plan. If you’re a senior, the Medicare you’ve grown to trust and paid for all your life will change forever. A program designed for seniors will now cover everyone, and seniors will be shunted to the back of the line.
Bernie wants Canadian-style healthcare, having declared that “..for decades, every man, women and child in Canada has been guaranteed health care through a single-payer publicly funded healthcare program.”
Canadian health care has been plagued by long waiting lists for years. The average wait between referral from a primary care physician to a specialist is five months. In 2007 the Canadian government enacted the Patient Wait Time Guarantee Trust to “introduce guarantees” of prompt service to all Canadians. But isn’t prompt health care the promise? This “guarantee” cost an additional $1 billion on top of their already steep taxes, all in a country of about 37 million. Imagine how this would work in a country of 325 million.
To enact single-payer, Democrats will say, “We’ve tried the private sector and it failed.” They will promise unlimited health care with no waiting. And that will be the most cynical of the many lies they will tell to sell the plan. We must remember the many Obamacare lies: your premium will decrease by $2500 (premiums skyrocketed,) we won’t raid Medicare to pay for Obamacare (Democrats robbed Medicare to the tune of $500 billion.) Obama looked the American people in the eye and said “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, if you like your plan you can keep your plan, period.” Millions lost doctors they liked and insurance they trusted.
Every government-run system eventually constricts access to care. In the UK they created the Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to “guide” doctors. The real purpose is to limit access to care.
The great con of all single-payer schemes is to say everyone is covered, but that doesn’t mean you actually get care. If Democrats gain control, your health care is in serious jeopardy.
Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.