M4A Update

M4A? Medicare For ALL.

I have been a supporter of universal health care for 50 year even before it was fashionable.

These days the idea is wildly popular with the average person on the ground but the same cannot be said for elected officials….we can thank the health industry for the grotesque health care we have today….profit before people….ALWAYS!

Medicare for All (M4A) has a level of support that crosses the partisan divide within the voting public. In fact, the opposition is in a numerical minority. Unfortunately, it just so happens that this small group (Congress, the Biden administration, the medical-industrial complex) has all the power in the country necessary to prevent its enactment.

I had high hopes when the ‘Squad’ was elected and went to DC with M4A on their lips…..but apparently once elected the lips were sealed….

The Squad’s relative quietude regarding the nationwide calls for single-payer Medicare for All, however, despite having a once-in-a-century platinum opportunity (a nationwide pandemic, economic implosion, widespread Left press agitation, and even a mass mobilization this month), is rather instructive.

Did the health corporations silence the Squad?

You would think that with all the health problems the people of this country are facing…support for M4A would be a no-brainer…..but as with all important issues cash has made it impossible for the people to get a fair deal out of the government.

Profit before people…..

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York conceded in an interview with the Huffington Post published Thursday that Medicare for All may not become law right away — and appeared open to compromise on a plan she’s consistently championed.

“The worst-case scenario? We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option. Is that a nightmare? I don’t think so,” the progressive lawmaker and key surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders said, while noting she still intended to fight for universal healthcare.

It reflects the reality that many voters still chafe at Medicare for All once they learn of the possible trade-offs — like losing their private coverage or paying additional taxes. Though 56% of the public supports Medicare for All, but that figure flips and becomes strong opposition (60%) when people are told it would eliminate private insurance, according to a poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In stark contrast, the middle-of-the-road proposal known as the public option — which centrists like former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden are pursuing — has broad backing among Democrats and independents. That would create an optional government health plan and allow people keep their private insurance.

(businessinsider.com)

These Centrists are protecting the obscene profits of the health industry and playing with people’s lives to do so.

Time for the US health care to step out of the shadows and provide the services the citizens of this country need…..

The United States spends far more of its GDP on healthcare than other rich countries yet still has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates, the lowest life expectancy at age 60, and the most glaring inequities, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund.

Using a range of criteria to evaluate the healthcare systems of 11 countries—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and U.S.—the Commonwealth Fund’s latest analysis (pdf) shows that the U.S. once again “ranks last on access to care, administrative efficiency, equity, and healthcare outcomes.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/08/04/time-medicare-all-us-healthcare-system-ranks-dead-last-among-rich-nations-again

I weep for the people of this country and the health of its residents.

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4 thoughts on “M4A Update

  1. I don’t think I will ever understand why Americans have put up with such an unequal healthcare system for so long now. I am also hoping that the present government here doesn’t succeed in ‘importing’ your system to the UK.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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