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Medicare for all is a nice idea, I think

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Started: 2/5/2020 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I believe that adopting a single-payer health care system, Specifically Medicare for All, Would be of benefit to the people of the United States.


Medicare for All is a great idea, If you run a small country. In the United States, However, It costs way too much.
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It's good to hear that we agree Medicare for All is a good idea. But I don't really understand your argument that the US is too big to implement such a system.

The administrative and bureaucratic costs would be reduced because the doctor's office/hospital no longer has to deal with multiple insurance companies and each of their unique policies, And being more streamlined would mean less employees required on the side of the insurance provider (Medicare for All). With 330 million people on the same plan, It would give the people much more bargaining power to lower pharmaceutical prices. Without the profit incentive, Such a single-payer system
would presumably be more willing to provide care, Whereas private insurers are incentivized to deny care wherever possible. It's common practice for insurance companies to collaborate in hiding the price of certain services, So as to prevent people from shopping around for the best deal-- this problem would be nonexistent in a publicly funded program.

Among other first world countries, The US ranks last in the performance of its healthcare system (measuring quality, Efficiency, Access to care), While also spending significantly more per capita than any other country. As of 2018, 8. 5% of Americans do not have health insurance at all (27. 5 million). So it's less that we can't afford to have Medicare for All, And more that we can't afford not to have it.

https://www. Commonwealthfund. Org/chart/2017/health-care-system-performance-rankings
https://www. Census. Gov/library/publications/2019/demo/p60-267. Html
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Posted by Leaning 2 years ago
Honestly, Even when I read about medical programs and other government programs. 'I never really come to a definitive understanding of whether they are good or bad.
So personally I tend to simply be anti big government and other programs, If communities cared and put in effort, The problems would not be. I think, 'perhaps erroneously.
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