Just as socialism is incredibly popular with people who are unable to define what it is, so “Medicare For All” is currently a popular cry for the umpteen Democrats already running for President and their followers, none of whom understand how much it would cost or how it would work. Its boosters proudly point to one poll showing that 71% of Americans back “Medicare For All” when told it will “guarantee health insurance as a right for all Americans.” They also like it when they’re told it would eliminate premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs. Problem is, that’s all they’re being told.
A brand new survey by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation puts support for “Medicare For All” at 56%. Still a frighteningly large number. But when respondents were told that government-run health care would also lead to higher taxes (they didn't realize that someone has to pay for all that “free” health care?), support dropped to 37%. And when told it could lead to delays in treatment, support dwindled to 26%.
“Medicare For All” is like house brand wieners: the more you know about what’s in it, the less appealing it becomes.
I wonder if they also know that Democrats like Senator and Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris aren’t even bothering with the Obama-era hooey about being able to keep your current plan. She’s already promising to destroy all private health coverage and give you only the government to provide care -- and to appeal to, if you don’t like their decisions about your medical care:
I also wonder if respondents were informed of the estimates of how much taxes would have to rise to pay for it? For instance, our current annual federal budget is just over $4 trillion, and we already have to borrow $1 trillion of that. The first 10 years of “Medicare For All” is estimated to cost up to $38 trillion, or $3.8 trillion a year, which would nearly double the entire federal budget that we already can’t afford. And that’s if you can trust the projected cost estimates of Medicare. Just providing it for seniors cost us far more than we were initially told it would. Imagine the cost of providing it for “All.”
Well, all except Congress members. Somehow, I have a feeling that top quality private health coverage will survive, if only just for them.