Dear presidential hopefuls: Lay off “Medicare for All”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is joined by Democratic Senators and supporters as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, to unveil their Medicare for All legislation to reform health care. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Health care has long been a major topic of concern and conversation for Americans. And with the 2020 Presidential Primary heating up among Democrats, we are hearing about it even more – specifically in regard to Medicare for All.


To be clear, the term “Medicare for All” can have a variation of meanings depending on who you are talking to, but the overarching theme in the definition is government control and regulation – and in some candidate’s outrageous plans, it means completely ridding from the market a private insurance option for individuals and families.


Take Senator Bernie Sanders for example. He has been a fierce proponent of socialized medicine for years and if he had it his way, the United States would have a single payer system with virtually no place for private insurance plans. His idea is so much of a disaster that even during the last debate, fellow Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Amy Klobuchar stated, “While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill. And on Page 8 of the bill, it says that we will no longer have private insurance as we know it. And that means that 149 million Americans will no longer be able to have their current insurance in four years.”


I think it’s important to emphasize Senator Klobuchar’s point that 149 million Americans would lose their current health insurance plan under the proposed legislation Senator Sanders wants to pass.


How ironic that while a lot of Democrats like to say it is Republicans that do not care about Americans and their access to health care, it is quite the opposite – especially in the case of eliminating private insurance policies already held from the equation. In fact, polling shows that eliminating the private insurance option for individuals is very unpopular, which is why it is mind boggling to me that lawmakers like Senator Sanders are still pushing for that exact policy be implemented.


As if losing private insurance options is not enough, the amount of money it would cost to implement this policy is astronomical and the tab would be left for taxpayers to take care of. Senator Sanders has openly said that middle-class taxpayers would have to help foot the bill, causing their taxes to increase. Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Democratic presidential hopeful who supports Medicare for All and a universal health care system, has been attempting to dodge how her proposal would be funded, even though the answer is completely obvious: raising taxes. If she is so proud of her plan, she should openly defend it with how it will be paid for and by whom.


These two factors alone are reason enough to not support “Medicare for All.” If I can say one thing to all of the presidential hopefuls: you need to wake up and realize that Americans don’t want this absurd policy – we want a free enterprise system and health care plans that are available without government intervention and control.