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Michael Ahrens - September 13, 2017

fyi – A few quick items on Bernie’s single-payer legislation to keep in mind.

  • Legislation does NOT include how to pay for the $32 trillion program. Like DNC Chair Tom Perez says, you’d have “to raise taxes on everyone.” Liberal editorial boards agree.
     
  • Dem focus groups prove voters aren’t buying it. Dem operatives told Politico: “…most voters in focus groups believe it’s a pipe dream — they ask who will pay for it and suspect it will lead to a government takeover of health care — and therefore wonder whether the politicians talking to them about it are being less than forthright, too.”
     
  • Plans of 156M(!!) Americans would be upended. The New York Times highlights: “Nearly any single-payer plan would require substantial disruptions in the current health care system, upending the insurance arrangements of the 156 million Americans who get their coverage from work… Such a proposal would reshuffle the winners and losers in our current system.”
     
  •  “Medicare for all” is misleading. Bernie’s legislation doesn’t just give folks what seniors currently have, it promises everyone a “souped-up, more generous version of Medicare replacing nearly all private health insurance.”
     
  • Cobalt-blue Vermont & California have rejected it. RNC Research details the failures of single-payer in Bernie’s own Vermont and Kamala’s own California. (And Bernie couldn’t explain why, when pressed.)
     
  • Single-payer = “litmus test” for already-divided Dems. Politico reports Dems are freaking out about it, and it’s deepening a divide between leadership, vulnerable incumbents, and 2020 wannabes.
     
  • It’s a disaster in Canada and Europe: Higher taxes, massively-long wait times, and government control over health care decisions. Check out the RNC’s new video on the Global Failures of Single-Payer:

 

Watch Here

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

What Does Single-Payer “Medicare For All” Look Like In The Real World?

REPORTER: This morning, there is what it calls a humanitarian crisis in public hospitals.

REPORTER: Up to 1,200 patients dead because of the systematic failure of the NHS.

More Government Control Over Your Health Care

REPORTER: So-called ‘free healthcare’ leads to doctor protests in France and Germany, because governments hold down health care costs by paying doctors less.

REPORTER: Managers cut costs, putting patients’ lives at risk.


ROBERT FRANCIS QC: Elderly and vulnerable patients were left unwatched, unfed, and without fluids.

REPORTER: Patients have died or suffered avoidable harm.

LONG WAIT TIMES

DOCTOR: We can’t send these patients to other hospitals that have capacity because there is no other hospital in the area that has capacity.

REPORTER: 95 patients in just 33 cubicles and rooms.

REPORTER: The great Canadian wait. Patients here who need to see a family doctor, or a specialist, or go to the emergency department wait longer than in other countries.

REPORTER: As we have been hearing, England and Scotland have failed yet again to meet waiting time targets for accident emergency units.

REPORTER: More than a million Canadians say they can’t find a regular family doctor.

REPORTER: What’s it like here when it’s busy?

NURSE: Dangerous

NURSE: Yeah, it’s frightening.

HIGHER TAXES


REPORTER: The National Health Service is in dire need of financial aid from the government.

NURSE: Times are very desperate.

Don’t Let Democrats Bring A $32 Trillion Nightmare To The United States.


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