Intro Video Lower Quality Extended Wait Times Bankrupt Country Hurt Seniors

Medicare for All legislation introduced in Congress would take healthcare decisions out of the hands of doctors and patients and put them into the hands of the government.

This would:

  1. Degrade healthcare quality
  2. Ration care with extended wait times
  3. Bankrupt the country
  4. Disproportionately hurt seniors

Medicare for All would reduce the quality of healthcare

  • Medicare for All would outlaw private insurance, meaning if you like your healthcare plan you couldn't keep it.
  • Medicare for All would put the government between the doctor and patient, blowing up the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Medicare for All would put the government in charge of healthcare policies and procedures, leaving little room for physicians or medical entrepreneurs to improve on them or tailor them to patients' needs.

Medicare for All would ration care by introducing extended wait times

  • Medicare for All would dramatically increase wait times to see doctors as is the case in other countries with government-run care and in the U.S. under the Medicaid and Veteran's Administration health systems.
  • Medicare for All would significantly slash doctors' pay, exacerbating the existing national doctors' shortage, making it harder to find a doctor.
  • Under a "Medicare for All" type scheme in Canada, more than 60,000 Canadian patients flee each year to escape their healthcare line to receive the care they need mostly in the US. Currently, nearly one million Canadians are stuck on healthcare wait lists--if you apply the same policy to the US--it would mean nearly 10 million Americans on wait lists.

Medicare for All would bankrupt the country.

  • Medicare for All would cost an estimated $32.6 trillion over 10 years, which even the doubling of corporate and income taxes could not cover.
  • Even liberal states like Vermont and California abandoned state-run healthcare initiatives after recognizing that the tab would blow up their state budgets and economies.
  • In developed countries with government-run health care, the middle class face effective tax burdens of more than 50 percent of income, including double-digit national sales taxes, and still face funding shortfalls. Such sky-high tax rates reduce economic growth.

Medicare for All would disproportionately hurt seniors

  • Medicare for All would unfairly allow all Americans to access the Medicare program into which seniors have paid their entire lives, diluting its effectiveness for them.
  • Medicare for All would consider common procedures for seniors like cataract surgery less urgent and therefore put them at the back of the line.
  • Medicare for All would face incentives to value seniors' lives less than those of young, productive taxpayers and ration care accordingly.