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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 05:33 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/14/2017 05:33 PM
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Bernie Sanders & Other Senators Introduce Medicare for All Act

Washington, DC...Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 16 of his Democratic colleagues introduced legislation Wednesday to guarantee health care to every American by expanding and improving Medicare. “Today, we begin the long and difficult struggle to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all its people,” Sanders said. “At a time when millions of Americans do not have access to affordable health care, the Republicans, funded by the Koch brothers, are trying to take away health care from up to 32 million more. We have a better idea: guarantee health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare for All, single-payer health care program.”




Sixty percent of the American people want to “expand Medicare to provide health insurance to every American,” including 75 percent of Democrats, 58 percent of Independents, and 46 percent of Republicans, according to an April 2017 poll by The Economist/YouGov.

The Medicare for All Act of 2017 establishes a national health insurance program called the Universal Medicare Program. Under this legislation, every resident of the United States will receive health insurance through an expanded Medicare program with improved and comprehensive benefits.

It has been the goal of Democrats since Franklin D. Roosevelt to create a universal health care system guaranteeing health care to all people.

Sanders introduced the bill in the Senate along with Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

The Affordable Care Act, which Sanders supported when it was passed in 2010, was an important step forward. It provided access to health insurance for millions of people, but 28 million people remain uninsured.

Under today’s health care system in the United States, tens of millions are underinsured, meaning they have insurance but cannot afford to use it because of high deductibles and co-payments. One out of five American adults cannot afford their prescriptions. And thousands of people die each year because they cannot afford medical care.

Despite so many uninsured and under-insured, the United States spends far more per capita on health care than any other nation. According to the OECD, in 2015, the U.S. spent almost $10,000 per person for health care, while the Canadians spent $4,644, the Germans $5,551, the French $4,600, and the British $4,192 even though all of these other countries guarantee health care to all of their people. Despite this huge expenditure, life expectancy in America is lower than most other industrialized countries and our infant mortality rates are much higher.

The Medicare for All Act of 2017 would ensure that Americans will no longer have to delay or avoid going to the doctor because they can't afford it; that a hospital stay will not bankrupt you or leave you deeply in debt; that you will be able to get the prescription drugs you need at a price you can afford; that middle class families will never have to spend 20 or 30 percent of their incomes on health care; and, that Americans will save billions of dollars a year in medical administrative costs.

Under this bill, Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment. As is the case in every other major country, employers would be free to focus on running their businesses rather than spending an enormous amount of time, energy and money trying to provide health insurance to their employees.

The bill has been endorsed by 30 national organizations and unions including: Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Our Revolution, Social Security Works, Progressive Campaign Change Committee, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, MoveOn, All of Us, Demand Progress, Health Care Now, Progressive Democrats of America, CREDO, Public Citizen, Latinos for Healthcare Equality, Americans for Democratic Action, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, DailyKos, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, 350.org, American Sustainable Business Council, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), National Nurses United, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, New York Nurses Association, Utility Workers Union of America, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, United Mine Workers of America, Amalgamated Transit Union and Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

In addition to the legislation, Sanders published a paper outlining several options for funding the Universal Medicare Program. As the wealthiest country in the world, we have a variety of options available to support a universal, single-payer health care system.


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Medicare for All
Posted on: 2017-09-14 17:50:43   By: Anonymous
 
Great idea! Medicare is the most efficient healthcare provider insurance. We all deserve it. Medicare is much better than leaving it to the states to fund Medicaid.
A federal program for all Americans! I hope it can be enacted.


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    Re: Medicare for All
    Posted on: 2017-09-14 17:59:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Nuts as usual

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      Re: Medicare for All
      Posted on: 2017-09-14 18:15:10   By: Anonymous
       
      We'll finally catch up with the rest of the first world countries...

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        Re: Medicare for All
        Posted on: 2017-09-14 20:01:49   By: Anonymous
         
        Free nationalized medical care worked well in Venezuela,.......until the money ran out.

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          Bernie
          Posted on: 2017-09-14 23:50:10   By: Anonymous
           
          should open fried chicken places up.

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    Re: Medicare for All
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 05:02:56   By: Anonymous
     
    MediCare does not pay for a lot and doctors and medical suppliers have had serious issues with MediCare paying them.

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      Re: Medicare for All
      Posted on: 2017-09-15 09:47:19   By: Anonymous
       
      I'm on Medicare and find it a good system. It does not pay for everything, which means you either need to buy a supplementary policy (I like AARP's) or risk paying 20 % of some bills. That's probably a good thing as it means people still have some skin in the game.

      It is correct that Medicare delivers more care for less money compared to private insurance. And I've never found a doctor who won't take Medicare, although I know there are a few.

      So this is a good idea. And it won't pass because of Republicans. Ask McClintock about it when he comes to Angels Camp.

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    Re: Medicare for All
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 10:31:24   By: Anonymous
     
    This is all BS, the ONLY fix it to take away the HUGE profits from within healthcare, anything less is nothing more than a band aid..

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    Re: Medicare for All
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 15:33:04   By: Anonymous
     
    Show us a nation and time where socialism has really worked.

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Unsure
Posted on: 2017-09-14 18:32:13   By: Anonymous
 
I would like to understand better the details of the other country plans to understand their per/patient costs. A friend of mine was recently in China. Her husband got ill while there. The system requires the family to be there with the patient 24 hrs a day; to do the bed pan process and other (what we classify as) nurse duties, to get all meds from the hospital pharmacy. Their bill for the ambulance and multiple day stay was miniscule.
Medicare today has a standard monthly fee based on income and the year you enter the program. It covers VERY basic medical expenses. A separate drug signup is required (even if you don't take drugs). All this is automatically deducted from social security so there is never an issue with the gov't not getting payment. Then we have what is called medigap (a supplementary policy) that covers what Medicare does not cover. There are tiered coverage programs. The subscriber is responsible for selecting the tiered program they prefer and then researching all providers to find the least expensive one. Some retirees don't get this additional nsurance; buyer choice.
If this proposed program REQUIRES every participant pay a set fee based on income, and that fee comes direct from a paycheck so the participant can't get away with nonpayment, then maybe it's OK. EVERYONE MUST PAY for their coverage. Which means, everyone must work at least some percentage of the year to qualify for coverage. Or there must be a minimum $ contribution to qualify. This may sound harsh, but I'm retired. The fed gov't requires I pay for drug coverage and I take none. I'm not willing to have my monthly premiums increase to cover a person who does not find some work every year and pay their own minimum monthly premium.

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    Re: Unsure
    Posted on: 2017-09-14 19:00:40   By: Anonymous
     
    Move to China .

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      All Other First World Countries Have Single Payer
      Posted on: 2017-09-14 20:06:08   By: Anonymous
       
      So because the US allows a $8000+ per citizen cost from profit soaked Ins Cos, with lesser care, we should continue?
      The brain washed Foxbots love to pay 20-30% costs from the Ins Cos, compared to 3% from Medicare. How idiotic.
      The next costliest country has a cost of $6500 - Switzerland , followed by lower costs in all other countries, all with better heath outcome statistics.
      Bbbut America is exceptional! The statistics show no, America trails in most all outcomes in health care comparisons.

      Medicare for all makes sense, the savings of tens of $Billions eliminating the Ins Cos , profit soaked as they are adding nothing but cost compared to Medicare shows it can be done and done economically.

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        Re: All Other First World Countries Have Single Payer
        Posted on: 2017-09-15 06:30:24   By: Anonymous
         
        Sure, just like the "great" plan the nurses were backing in California that had projected deficits larger than the entire state budget.

        They couldn't even pass it in CA because they knew it would be fiscal suicide.

        ER's have to provide basic emergency care for everyone!! Let it go at that and let the rest of the system go back to being private

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    Re: Unsure
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 03:25:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Not need to be "unsure". The government (your tax dollars) will step in and subsidize the costs for those who chose not to work, who are too drugged to work, or who prefer to spend their money on pot, booze, expensive toys and other bad financial decisions.

    The government will also expect doctors to in effect subsidize the system by accepting minimal payments. In the past, underpaid foreign doctors have moved to the United States to avoid the overworked and underpaid aspect of single payer medicine, If the US jumps on that bandwagon then foreign doctors will no longer have an incentive to come here. Think that will help with our physician shortage?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-09-14 20:16:52   By: Anonymous
 
Why should the millions that are on unemployment get the same health care I get even though I work all day and sometimes a bit longer? This goes right back to the age of. Participation trophies, I work extra hard to hone my skills, and Joe Blow who is a slacker gets the same medal? What a CROC!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-09-14 21:08:43   By: Anonymous
     
    Geez. Not a lot of critical thinking skills in this discussion.
    Everyone needs and uses healthcare. Even the people who don't have coverage.
    Those without coverage don't not go to the doctor when they're sick; they wait until they are really ill, then go to the hospital where prices are jacked up through the roof because such a large percentage of patients can't pay, and hospitals can't legally turn anyone away.
    Then the uninsured patients don't pay their bill, because they can't afford it.
    Guess who ends up paying that inflated hospital bill?
    You and me - via inflated charges to our private pay plans. Hospitals rely on people with coverage making up the difference.
    We'd all pay a lot less if everyone was covered, and the government was negotiating the rates.
    (And it wouldn't just be a little less, it would be THOUSANDS less for everyone.)
    Its appalling that some of the posters here would rather keep paying an extra thousand a month, than be part of a collective, government insurance plan, just so they don't have to share.


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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-09-14 21:20:24   By: Anonymous
       
      Bernie!!! Its over dude....go to the home. They have oatmeal for you.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 06:58:57   By: Anonymous
     
    Please don't forget us illegals too Estúpido, we need Ins too.
    Gov Brown knows, that's why today is a great day for us illegals.
    Today they will vote California to become a sanctuary state.
    YEA HAW YEA HAW
    Gracias mierda mierda

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-09-14 21:20:33   By: Anonymous
 
You have to be a critical thinker to give health care to all 93,000,000 that are on welfare, and don't plan to work!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-09-14 23:01:48   By: Anonymous
     
    They're already getting coverage.
    The proposal is that all of us get that same coverage.
    Try to keep up...

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-09-18 08:44:29   By: Anonymous
     
    Bernie is loosing it. He actually had it right in 1987 when he stated: If we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation."
    Medicaid, notably, is far less generous than Medicare, the health program for seniors that Sanders wants to expand.

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Unions
Posted on: 2017-09-15 03:36:26   By: Anonymous
 
Look at the list of supporters - Unions. Why? Because they can push the cost of medical care off of the employer and on to the taxpayer which leaves more employer dollars available for salary increases for union members and more dollars for union dues.

Union members have excellent medical care already so moving to "Medicare for All" will not improve their medical situation, it just shifts the costs off of the corporations and on to the taxpayers.

Vote for this one, unionized government employees will love you for it.

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    Re: Unions
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 05:55:00   By: Anonymous
     
    Will our hypocritical politicians be subjected to this plan or will the pigs keep their "extra special" coverage and screw the rest of us.

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      Re: Unions
      Posted on: 2017-09-15 08:08:25   By: Anonymous
       
      Under Bernie's plan everyone will be treated equally but politicians, being "more equal", will continue to get their special benefits.

      They wanted no part of Obamacare and they'll want no part of this, it's for the peasants.

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    Re: Unions
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 08:11:27   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh, you mean like WALMART is already doing?


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      18% vrs 8%
      Posted on: 2017-09-15 10:46:12   By: Anonymous
       
      All industrialized countries spend 8% of their economies on health care compared to the US where we spend 18%. The only reason for the disparity is the for profit scheme of the US system. Outcomes are better in other countries also.
      We must adopt a Medicare for all system.

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Equality for ALL!!!
Posted on: 2017-09-15 11:44:46   By: Anonymous
 
I want the health care plan our Senators have...

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Count Me Out
Posted on: 2017-09-15 15:57:28   By: Anonymous
 
I had four years of free govt. health care in the service. I had a chronic pain but all I ever got was a bottle of APCs which never helped. On my third or fourth sick call the doc handed me another bottle of the usual. I said, But Doctor, that it had never helped. He replied, "I am an officer. Address me as Sir." Shortly after I was discharged I went to a local doctor who referred me to a specialist who addressed the problem and prescribed a treatment that cured my problem forever. I had to shell out some money but it was well worth it. Please never condemn me to government health care again.

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    Re: Count Me Out
    Posted on: 2017-09-15 17:12:16   By: Anonymous
     
    Are you still in the nut house ?

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