Single-Payer Healthcare System
Thanks to U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for bringing a critical healthcare issue up to his fellow colleagues in the Senate a couple of days ago. See attached snapshot of his tweets below, he has a good point concerning the government-run healthcare system, which is known as a single-payer healthcare system or Medicare-for-All.
As of 28 July 2017, nearly 60% (115) of 194 Democratic members in the U.S. House of Representatives congress have co-sponsored the H.R. 676 legislation called Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act that was originally created by John Conyers Jr. (D-MI, 13th District) on 24 Jan 2017. Conyers and 50 other members are the original co-sponsors on that day. 64 more members joined them in last 6 months so far. Whew! Tsk, Tsk, Tsk!
Well, that’s very RISK!!!!! However, no single Democratic member in the U.S. Senate has ever co-sponsorsed or is willing to defend the single-payer healthcare system yet. I gratefully applauded only five moderate Democratic senators for their bravery to join all 52 Republican senators in opposition to the federal single-payer healthcare system. Those five senators are Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT). On the other hand, I’m very disappointed in the rest of 43 Democratic senators including Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that they seem too chicken, afraid and reluctant to cast their votes. Instead, they abstained as they were present when the vote roll #173 was taken on 27 July 2017. (FYI, the Independent party is part of the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Congress.)
According to the article from NPR, the federal government single-payer healthcare proposal would cost $32 trillion and add $18 trillion debts over 10 years. That’s too much! Too much! Too much! All those funds would be eaten. No money to spend in the other categories such as defense (military), environment, education, veterans affairs, labor, energy, agriculture, etc. Also, it would be very unfair for every taxpayer to pay the horrible tax hikes because of the ridiculous mandates costing taxpayers too much. Forget it!
For all those reasons above, I strongly oppose to the government-run single-payer healthcare and Medicare-for-All proposals regardless of the political party. In the senator or congresswoman’s shoes in the U.S. Congress, I would vote NO whenever the federal single-payer healthcare legislation bill comes to the table for the vote roll. Period!