Listen to Your Nurse
I am fairly certain my nurse doesn’t have a degree in either economics or public finance. Since we’re not talking about health care here (which nurses are equipped to talk about) but the FUNDING of health care (which involves financial engineering) it’s generally best to keep to our areas of expertise.
When nurses stand up for Medicare for all, guaranteed healthcare as a human right
Whether it’s a “right” or not is irrelevant; it’s a question of cost. Anyone can declare anything they want to be a “right”; that doesn’t mean it’s fiscally possible to provide it.
(I am skipping over your anecdotes that, while touching, actually illustrate my point; health care costs something. If it were all free, it wouldn’t be a political problem. The problem arises when the issue of funding is involved.)
According to a July Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 62 percent of public — and 80 percent of Democrats — believe it is “the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage.”
Again, that has absolutely nothing to do with the question of funding. If you had a poll that asked “Who would like a free lunch?”, I am sure that you’d get unanimous support.
But, the moment you start to replace “free” with “$X.XX”, support will start to peel away. And when people see the actual cost of such a proposal, especially considering that tax rates on the middle class would rise substantially, even after they are netted against what people pay today for their insurance……that 62% drops like a rock.
Today, more than half the House Democrats now support Rep. John Conyers single payer bill, HR 676. Fifteen senators have also currently co-sponsored the Sanders bill — including Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
Take down their names and never vote for any of them again. Cynical politicians all. They know that this notion can never survive the phase where the cost is actually revealed to the public, but if they can ride the proposal to electoral power, that’s all they care about. After they win, they explain to the rubes why they can’t deliver what they ran on, and then they can get back to doing nothing.
Good luck with it.