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Bernie Sanders Says ‘Get Rid of the Insurance Companies,’ Won’t Support Anything But Medicare For All

Bernie Sanders Says ‘Get Rid of the Insurance Companies,’ Won’t Support Anything But Medicare For All

Postby smix » Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:15 pm

Bernie Sanders Says ‘Get Rid of the Insurance Companies,’ Won’t Support Anything But Medicare For All
Mediaite

URL: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/bernie-sand ... e-for-all/
Category: Politics
Published: March 27, 2019

Description: Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders threw down some major markers on health care, saying he wants to “get rid of the insurance companies,” and that he would not support any Democratic health care legislation other than his own Medicare for All plan. On Tuesday night’s edition of All In with Chris Hayes, Sanders slammed the Trump Justice Department’s decision to try and completely invalidate Obamacare in the courts, and promised host Chris Hayes that “I’m going to do everything I can to tell the American people, including the many people who voted for Trump, that he is an absolute fraud” on the issue of health care. But then, Hayes asked Sanders if he would support a new Democratic House bill to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, and Sanders bluntly responded “No, I support the Medicare for All single payer program.”

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“Wait, wait, I just want to be clear,” a stunned Hayes interrupted. “So you don’t support that incremental reform?” “No,” Sanders said. “The incremental reform I support is Medicare for All,” Sanders added, and described the four-year transition period for his legislation. “But I just want to be clear about this,” Hayes said, still visibly shocked, “so if that House bill were to come to the Senate, you would vote against it right now?” Sanders did not directly answer that question, but indicated that he would only support his own legislation. Hayes then asked if Sanders would support a different approach to achieving universal coverage, like the Medicare for America bill that introduces Medicare as a public option. “Why not slide towards the system in an optional way?” Hayes asked. “Because ultimately, we have to recognize that current system is incredibly dysfunctional and wasteful,” Sanders said. “Its goal is to make profits for the insurance companies and the drug companies. You are not going to be able, in the long run, to have cost-effective universal health care unless you change the system, unless you get rid of the insurance companies, unless you stand up to the greed of the drug companies and lower prescription drug costs.”



As Hayes alluded to in the interview, though, Sanders has supported incremental health care reform in the past, and even supported a Senate bill that was substantially similar to the one the Democrats rolled out this week.
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Bernie says Blue Shield will be relegated to nose jobs; insurance doesn't cover optional cosmetic surgery

Postby smix » Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:05 am

Bernie says Blue Shield will be relegated to nose jobs; insurance doesn't cover optional cosmetic surgery
Washington Examiner

URL: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opin ... ic-surgery
Category: Politics
Published: April 10, 2019

Description: The man that wants to effectively nationalize the entire health insurance industry doesn't even know that existing health insurance companies don't cover optional cosmetic surgery. Realizing that fewer than four in 10 Americans favor outright abolishing private health insurance, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has attempted to tweak his Medicare For All bill. He claims that now he won't outlaw private insurance, but instead relegate it to "nose jobs." As with most things that emerge from the septuagenarian's sentiments, Sanders' proposal is inadvertently wise. It confirms that the free market is the only force capable of saving healthcare. Consider that even as healthcare costs spiral out of control, the inflation-adjusted prices of the top 10 most popular cosmetic procedures have fallen over the past two decades. As the overall consumer price index increased by 47.2% from 1998 to 2016, the price of the most popular cosmetic procedure, Botox injections, fell by 11.3%. The reason? Botox is almost never covered by insurance or by the government. Even the prices of invasive surgeries have fallen in real dollars. And although they did increase in price, breast augmentations increased at only half the rate of the total consumer price index increase from 1998 to 2016. And the price of aforementioned rhinoplasties only barely surpassed the consumer price index and fell far short of healthcare inflation. The rest of the healthcare industry, the part subsidized by insurance companies and government, has seen prices double and (in the case of hospital services) nearly triple. The cosmetic medicine industry demonstrates the value of price transparency and the benefits of removing third-party payers. When consumers are made to shop around for prices, their demand becomes more elastic. This ultimately pulls prices down. By contrast, the bulk of the healthcare industry relies on patients not acting like consumers and removing them from the price-setting process. It's why our current private health insurance system is bad and why our current Medicare system, which has reimbursement rates 20% lower than the private system, is downright abysmal. Bernie's plan will inevitably require massive tax increases, and if collapsing systems in Finland and the United Kingdom are any indication, Medicare For All will cause the definition of "vital" care to contract, so that people will be less able to access preventable care, the most cost effective aspect of any healthcare plan. President Trump's Department of Health and Human Services is correct to pursue policies to maximize price transparency. The private industry has already seen a large and necessary expansion of concierge care systems, in which patients pay a medical practice a flat retainer directly, which incentivizes patients to seek preventative care and enables doctors to see fewer patients due to removing the insanity of the insurance bureaucracy. Sanders may not have realized it, but the market for nose jobs is about a thousand times more functional than the market for services that Medicare covers. His plan may crowd out private health insurance as he hopes, or it may just create a second tier of price-transparent, concierge care for those who can still afford it after the tax hit. Sanders knows nothing about healthcare, but he still wants you to trust him to nationalize and control one-fifth of the United States economy.
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