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The left-wing Democrats and its media are pushing “Medicare For All”. Their media continues to ask a meaningless question, “Is Healthcare a Priority for You” in order to help push the left-wing agenda. Of course healthcare will rank high on everyone’s list of priorities as next to eating we all care about quality healthcare. At some point maybe this media will asked follow-up questions as to WHY healthcare is a priority. More on this later.
Obamacare and Healthcare Fallacies
Obamacare: Assuming the US population in 2019 is 329,000,000, only 8,500,000 or 2.5% of the entire US population relies on OBAMACARE for its healthcare insurance. To hear the media rant, you would think that the entire US population was on Obamacare and Obamacare was poor coverage due to President Trump’s ineptitude.
The Real US Health Insurance Numbers:
I am using data from an analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) by the Kaiser Family Foundation, not a right-wing organization. Their data lists the following coverage totals by coverage types: (for definitions of healthcare coverage, details are provided at the bottom of this article.
- Employer Provided Healthcare: 156,199,000, 49%
- Non-Group Covered: 20,525,000, 7%
- Medicaid: 65,152,400, 21%
- Medicare: 42,802,800, 14%
- Other Public Coverage (VA & Military): 4,588,200, 1%
- Uninsured, 27,753,700, 9%
- Obamacare included in one of the categories above is 8,500,000 or 2.5% of the total.
Medicare for All or Medicare for No One?
It is important to note that out of the 65,152,400 senior citizens, over 20,000,000 million of us old folks purchase Medicare Advantage type of supplemental insurance. The basic Medicare Part A pretty much sucks. Without the supplemental coverage, we would face high deductibles, co-pays, and limited coverages, much the same as Obamacare.
That said, SENIORS ON MEDICARE MUST WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND THAT MEDICARE FOR ALL MEANS AN END TO MEDICARE AS YOU KNOW IT AND CERTAINLY AN END TO MEDICARE ADVANTAGE AND MEDICARE PART D DRUG COVERAGE!
So, all of those premiums you have paid in out of your paycheck are, POOF, gone! You will be in the big ugly pot along with everyone else.
Plus, since Seniors are the largest consumers of healthcare, just how long do you think it will take the left to start cutting back on senior care! Euthanasia anyone? If babies don’t matter to the left,
Employer Provided Healthcare & Military Tri-Care and VA Care
Also on the chopping block with “Medicare for All”, are the very good, in the vast majority of cases, Employer provided healthcare for employees. The employers would be happy to offload this large personnel cost to the taxpayers. But, the left will be ready, willing and able to raise corporate taxes in order to pay for these shifts in coverage. Once again, the US will have the highest corporate taxes in the industrialized world.
The worst part is that the employees will give up a benefit that will be reduced to low-level care. Most of the employer and union paid healthcare plans were deemed “Cadillac” plans under Obamacare! Guess what, get ready for “scooter” coverage. Wait until this is presented to the Unions. They will scream and demand a cut-out for their members as they did with Obamacare. The Left will exempt them as they will exempt Congress and the vast DC swamp! Public Federal, State and local employees who thought they would retire with healthcare coverage will be merged into the pot as well.
Next on the chopping block is Tri-Care and most likely VA care that we had promised to be available to our soldiers and veterans. The VA would survive for a while but its costs have grown exponentially and will become more of a drag on overall healthcare costs.
You can’t add 3 Trillion dollars in spending without significant cuts and significant tax increases. Also, for those in the lower-income levels who think they will be exempt from tax increases, think again. There are not enough rich people and corporations to support a 6 Trillion dollar annual budget! The lower middle and middle class will have to bear the brunt of the tax load just due to their sheer numbers.
With today’s population, EVERY man, woman and child in the US would have to pay an additional $6,029 in Federal taxes just to cover “Medicare for All”.
How About A Real Healthcare Discussion
It is time for we peons to have a real discussion regarding healthcare. Those of us on Medicare today, with a supplemental plan, are fairly happy with our healthcare insurance and the care we receive. But, that will be gone. It is time to be honest with each other as we know our politicians, on both sides of the swamp, will never be honest with us. Why? POLITICIANS, THEIR STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL NEVER BE ON OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM!
A Few Key Question that need to be addressed:
- Which Health Insurance Group are you?
- Employer supplied health insurance
- Medicaid Insurance
- Medicare Insurance
- Medicare w/Supplemental
- Non-Group Plan
- Uninsured/Self Insured
- Are you satisfied with your coverage overall?
- Are you satisfied with your Deductible?
- Are you satisfied with your Co-Pay?
- Are you satisfied with your healthcare provider network?
- Have you had a need for major, catastrophic healthcare coverage?
- Were you satisfied with your insurance coverage?
- Were you satisfied with the amount you had to pay?
- Were you satisfied with your choice of healthcare providers?
There are other questions that should be included but you can see that just asking if Healthcare is a priority is really dumb! IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE EXTENT OF A PROBLEM YOU CAN NEVER SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
Remember, Politicians grab power by Federalizing functions! They are not interested in solving your problems. Just interested in solving their problem, “How do we grab more power and control over the citizens!”
Insurance Coverage Definitions:
Medicaid: Includes those covered by Medicaid, Medical Assistance, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) or any kind of government-assistance plan for those with low incomes or a disability, as well as those who have both Medicaid and another type of coverage, such as dual eligible who are also covered by Medicare.
Medicare: Includes those covered by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and those who have Medicare and another type of non-Medicaid coverage where Medicare appears to be the primary payer. Excludes seniors who also report employer-sponsored coverage and full-time work, and those covered by Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligible).
Employer: Includes those covered through a current or former employer or union, either as policyholder or as dependent
Other Public: Includes those covered under the military or Veterans Administration
Non-Group: Includes those covered by a policy purchased directly from an insurance company, either as policyholder or as dependent
Uninsured: Includes those without health insurance and those who have coverage under the Indian Health Service only.