Medicare for all

Republicans plan to repeal Obamacare and eventually repeal Medicare too. I favor Medicare for all. I have experienced insurance hell and Medicare both, and I much prefer the simplicity of Medicare. Under the current system, a taxpayer pays Medicare taxes until age 65 and then enjoys the benefits of Medicare until death. Under Medicare for all, everyone would enjoy Medicare benefits at any age, even before paying any Medicare taxes. Is that right and fair? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. However, I think that healthcare is a right, a human right, and that a healthy nation would benefit all of us.

Under the current system, the poor defer healthcare because they cannot afford insurance and lack the money to pay for a healthy diet. If Medicare for all existed, the poor might not defer seeking help when they need it. I think that healthcare delivered sooner would be cheaper in the long run than healthcare deferred. Certainly it would lead to a healthier nation, an outcome to be desired by all thinking people.

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