To the Editor:
Medicare for All being pushed by socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is complete government takeover of healthcare. If that isn’t enough to scare us to death (pun intended), then consider the out-of-control costs. Estimates are $32 trillion over the next 10 years. Middle-class families would be hit with unsustainable tax increases. Medicare for All would also replace all private insurance – kicking 160 million Americans off their current health insurance.
Many Democrats running for president in 2020 support Medicare for All with absolutely no idea how to pay for it. When pressed they skirt the answer, saying the details can be figured out later. That didn’t work out so well under Obamacare. Remember these words? … “You have to pass the plan to know what is in the plan.” And wasn’t Obamacare supposed to fix our healthcare system?
Even the Washington Post noted that some Democrats are showing real concerns for such proposals which “require middle class tax hikes that will prove hurtful for economic growth and the party’s political fortunes.”
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was very blunt about the political and fiscal realities of implementing Medicare for All, saying, “no sane person will pass it,” and “you’d double everybody’s taxes” to pay for it.
Thankfully, Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn, along with our entire Republican delegation, oppose Medicare for All. Our healthcare system is far from perfect, but Congress should pursue free-market reforms and not complete government control of healthcare.
Bob Peterman spent 35 years in the healthcare industry and was a Williamson County Commission candidate in 2018.