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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 01:07 AM

 

Michael Bennet pitches health care plan that's cheaper than Medicare for all

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s not just the $31 trillion price tag, but also the lack of cost-savings that cause Michael Bennet to reject the Medicare for all plans some of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination are proposing on the campaign trail.

“To be frank with you, I think that’s much more important to most Americans than coverage because most are covered one way or another,” the Colorado senator said Monday during a meeting with The Gazette Editorial Board. “We need to get a handle on costs.”

And Bennet has a plan for that. His Medicare-X would create a public option that he says would be cheaper than Medicare for all — cheaper for taxpayers and cheaper for the federal government, which would improve the country’s bottom line.

“We’re spending twice as much as any other industrialized nation on health care,” he said. “We have to reduce our health care costs. But that’s barely been discussed in the Democratic primary process.”

Read more: https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/michael-bennet-pitches-health-care-plan-cheaper-than-medicare-for-all-sanders-warren-20191021
(Cedar Rapids Gazette)
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 23, 2019, 01:34 AM

1. Actually what hasn't been discussed is the out of control military spending. Can't touch that.

 

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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 06:31 AM

4. True, that.

 

In at least this regard (defense budget), “government” is, in fact the problem. We need constant reminders.
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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 01:37 AM

2. Single Payer creates massive cost savings

 

Per Capita spending on Health Care in Single Payer Western Counties is half of what is in the United States ……… The increase in Taxes is less than the savings derived. from moving to single Payer …..Even a Koch Bros. funded study grudgingly admitted that ………..If , however, the young healthy people and the wealthy can opt out , the red ink will flow like a geiser………...
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Wed Oct 23, 2019, 01:38 AM

3. While I don't begin to understand what's involved in funding health care,

 

I do understand that this country, supposedly the richest one on the planet, should be able to provide health care for all of its citizens. Or, is it possible that we are not really the richest country on the planet? Or, more likely, are we piss poor at figuring out our priorities? Is health care more important than military incursions? Or is it far more important to place our soldiers in many places around the planet?

What a dilemma.
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