Changing the Debate on Universal Health Care

The debate is beginning again, yet sadly it is still firmly set within the frames established and maintained  by Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, American Enterprise Institute, et. al. and not those by Harry Truman or FDR.

Here is (another) NYT columnist favorite of mine on Senator Sander’s health care plan.

On that, frankly, I’m skeptical. I’m for Medicare for All, but it won’t happen. And if it did, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan group, found that Sanders’s sums come up short by $3 trillion over a decade.

Nicholas Kristof

And here is the report from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) that argues the shortfall of Senator Sander’s plan will be $3 trillion over 10 years.  Both the CRFB report and and a recent post by my favorite blogger Kevin Drum reference this report by Kenneth Thorpe of Emory University which chimes in with an estimated shortfall of $14 trillion over 10 years.

OK, this surely sounds impossible, even though we are a can-do county that happens also to be the world’s richest.  How is it then when you map those countries with universal health care the map looks like this?  American exceptionalism indeed!

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A Map of the Countries That Provide Universal Health Care.  Source:  Atlantic.

Link for above map.

And, please let’s not forget this graphic when we are singularly focused on the inability of the U.S., still the richest nation in the world, to insure all it’s people.

cost_of_health_care_nat_geo

No, it can’t be said that in health care coverage, it’s cost and it’s mediocre outcomes averaged over a population that the U.S. is NOT exceptional.

Universal health care can (and will) work. I am under no illusions that electing Bernie means it will happen during his tenure, after all, there are two other branches of government.  That doesn’t mean we don’t fight to elect someone who understands clearly the direction we need to head and can articulate why.


Resources:

Nicholas Kristof:  2 Questions for Bernie Sanders:

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones:  Yet Another Look at BernieCare (2/3/16)

Analysis of the Sanders Single-Payer Offsets – Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

An Analysis of Senator Sanders Single Payer Plan –  Kenneth E Thorpe, Ph.D.
Emory University

 

 

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