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Monday, February 17, 2020

Medicare for all

Early voting for the Democratic primary is already taking place in California and I voted last Saturday. - for Bernie. One reason I voted for him is his support for medicare for all. The other candidates have been taking aim at that proposal, but I believe it's a very good idea, and I'm not alone.

A new study done by Yale researchers and published in The Lancet has shown that medicare for all would save both lives and money ... Medicare for All Would Save $450 Billion Annually While Preventing 68,000 Deaths, New Study Shows

You can learn more about it at MSNBC - New study shows Medicare for all would save lives


Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

I have mixed feelings about Medicare for all. I am on Medicare now, since I am retired. Of course you need a supplemental policy since Medicare only pays 80%, and it only covers hospital related. I am satisfied with what I have. But I also really liked my work insurance when I had it, and I also had dental and vision coverage, which I don't now. I don't want to discourage employees from providing insurance benefits. But the smaller ones usually don't anyway. I guess what I favor is Medicare for all who want it.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Katherine Nielsen said...

"employees" should be "employers" above.

7:48 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

In theory, Bernie's medicare for all plan would cover vision and dental and have no premiums and not co-pays - it would cover 100% of everything. I have medicare now and medicaid covers the premiums and sometimes the 20% that medicare doesn't pay, but it can be very hard to find a doctor who will accept medicaid because it pays less. I've had really good insurance from jobs, especially when I worked at hospitals, but I still had to pay part of the dental stuff.

It all depends on luck really now - can you get a good enough job to have good insurance, will your employers keep that plan, are you wealthy enough to buy extra insurance for what your plan doesn't pay for, will you be able to keep your plan if you change jobs or retire? Meanwhile, lots of people are just doomed - too poor to have good work insurance, too un-poor to get medicaid. Do we believe everyone deserves to have decent healthcare, no matter what their circumstances are? Bernie does.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

I do, too -- thank you for this post, Crystal!

12:34 PM  

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