Dems’ Medicare-For-All “Completely Unpractical”

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“If Democrats think that the voting public won’t remember the promises they made during this primary, they have a rude awakening coming.” – Noah Rothman, COMMENTARY magazine

OPINION |

Aug. 4, 2019 |

NBC News – Liberated for two years from the compromises demanded of a governing party, Democrats have emerged from the wilderness enamored with a variety of big policy proposals that are deeply unpopular and completely unpractical.

Over the course of the second round of primary debates, candidates including Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris touted their support for a Medicare for All system in one form or another.

As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rightly notes, “Medicare for All is single-payer healthcare.”

Indeed, in a single-payer system the government serves as a virtual monopoly insurance provider.

The problem for single-payer advocates is that most privately insured Americans like their coverage.

A Gallup survey from last December found that 70 percent of approximately 180 million adults and their dependents on private insurance rate their coverage as either “good” or “excellent.”

85 percent of Americans with private coverage say the same for the quality of care they receive, and a majority of adults on private insurance are satisfied with the cost of accessing health care.

It makes sense then that a NPR-PBS News Hour-Marist poll released last week found that only 41 percent would support a plan that eliminates private insurance entirely.

Asked to respond to criticism from Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who wrote that decriminalizing border crossing effectively opens the border, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro instead dismissed Johnson’s claim as a “right-wing talking point.”

Harris and Warren and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg all agree that border crossing should be reduced to a civil offense, eliminating the need for migrant detention centers.