Republicans are making the exact same mistake that Hillary made
I don't know about you, but nothing turns me off more than someone telling me that I can't have something that I obviously need, and that I know for a fact is possible.
That's what Hillary did in 2016, and it's what Republicans are doing today.
The embrace of “Medicare for all” shows that the Democratic party has “gone off the rails,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday.
The Trump administration’s top health official on Thursday dismissed “Medicare for all” as a promise that’s too good to be true.
That'll surely inspire the twenty-four percent of hard-core Trump supporters who said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who proposes “Medicare for All”.
Trump at least promised (and lied) to fix the health care system in 2016.
This is a reverse of 2016. (Some) Democrats are giving you something to vote for, while Republicans are only offering you something to vote against...with a twist of dialing up the fear to 11.
“They want to raid Medicare to pay for socialism,” the president bellowed at an event in Indiana last month. "They're going to ruin your Medicare. Watch. They want to turn America into Venezuela. I don't think so," Trump told a crowd of supporters Friday in Montana.
The GOP implication -- although the messaging is convoluted and not directly stated -- is designed, as many highly effective health-care attacks have been in campaigns past, to scare seniors: if more people are allowed to partake of Medicare benefits, current ones will suffer.
Health-policy experts say there's a problem with the Republican argument: Medicare as it exists today -- a government-run service for all elderly Americans -- is the closest thing America has to socialized medicine. And there's nothing in Democratic proposals that indicate that expanding it would make the program less available for current recipients.
The situation is no better in my native Canada, where all private insurance is banned under its single-payer system — akin to the Democrats’ Medicare for All proposals.
About 27.6% of Canadians' healthcare is paid for through the private sector. Some 75% of Canadians have some form of supplementary private health insurance; many of them receive it through their employers.
Many patients are so frustrated they leave the country to seek timely medical treatment elsewhere. In 2016, 63,000 Canadians traveled abroad to seek treatment.
The reality is entirely different.
Results from these sources do not support the widespread perception that Canadian residents seek care extensively in the United States. Indeed, the numbers found are so small as to be barely detectible relative to the use of care by Canadians at home.
63,000 is supposed to sound like a lot. Yet 1.4 million Americans fled to Mexico for medical treatment last year.
Medical tourism is a $23 Billion industry in North America, with Americans fleeing to Mexico and Canada being the exclusive destinations.
Mexico achieved universal health care 6 years ago, with a sort-of Medicaid-for-all system.