Yes, we harp on about it to no end, but it’s damned important: the simple fact that nothing in this world is free.
Once again we have a presidential election looming near and the Democrats’ mouths are writing checks that their butts can’t cash.
“Medicare for all!” they say.
They point to other western nations and not so western nations who- according to them- manage to provide free healthcare to all their citizens.
They don’t tell you about the low standards of care or the huge wait lists. They don’t tell you that when Canadians and Brits encounter a serious health problem, those who can afford it come to the United States for high-quality care.
We’re tired of making this argument over and over.
Fortunately, someone in the Trump administration has chimed in.
Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service said, “At a time when some are calling for a complete government takeover of the American health-care system, the Medicare trustees have delivered a dose of reality.”
The dose of reality that she’s talking about is the looming end to Medicare funding in 2016.
Despite the fact that the program is clearly grinding to a halt and that there’s no clear way to save it- Democrats are still promising free healthcare to everyone.
People like Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, and others are saying the same old clichés about how this is the richest country in the world and that should mean people should have free healthcare forever.
It’s madness, especially in light of the fact that the free healthcare they are so excited about does not exist anywhere in the world.
The examples they cite, like those in Canada and England, are nothing like what the left wants us to believe they are.
We are told that all health care is free in these countries, that there is no waiting and no lack of quality due to poor funding.
Verma continued explaining that the program is running out of money and does not have anything like the ability to take care of every American when it is already dying under the weight of a minority of Americans.
She said, “The Medicare system cannot sustain itself now. There has to be an alternative, not more of the same for everyone.”
On Monday the 15th of March 2019, the federal trust fund that pays for much of the services that Medicare provides announced that under current funding projections, they will not be able to continue to function through the next decade.
Despite this chilling announcement, Democrats running for President are promising to put everyone on a dying program. It’s like offering to rescue a bunch of people stranded on an island using a boat that’s got a steady leak.
Even the most sensible Democrats are not sensible enough.
Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said, “The trust fund that pays for Medicare has not recovered from years of Republicans’ harmful policies. Americans pay into these essential programs throughout their working lives, and they expect to receive the benefits they’ve earned.”
Look, at least he admits that the fund is almost dried up. But blaming Republicans for not putting every American on the back of a broken health care system is not going to solve any problems.
Newsmax.com recently wrote the following on this topic;
“The updated projection arrives as Medicare takes a central role in the debate about the future of American health care. Republicans and some executives in the health-insurance industry warn that such a proposal could disrupt the economy and force roughly half the American population from the employer health plans they currently have. The prospect of Medicare for All replacing private insurance, however remote, helped send health stocks tumbling last week. The selloff followed an upbeat earnings report by UnitedHealth Group Inc., the largest and first health-insurance company to report first-quarter results.”
So, while the Democrats continue to make promises they can’t keep in order to gain votes and make Republicans look bad in the eyes of low-information voters, they are actually damaging the economy.
It’s the opposite of the Trump effect that started boosting the economy the instant he was elected. Democrat promises to put people on programs that have no funding spur investors to pull their money out of the healthcare system.
If there’s any good news to be had here, it’s that the bus Dems are throwing Americans under is out of gas.