You're missing one minor detail about putting everyone on Medicare. Those folks who get Medicare paid into it over the years. If there were a simgle-payer system like those in France, Germany, and Belgium, all of which work extremely well, those who would enter it would have to pay for it by folding premiums into tax withholding from paychecks, just as Medicare and Social Security do now. I'm not opposed to this at all; it would probably cut the cost of medical care in this country by more than half, as the hospitals won't be able to charge $3 for a single Tylenol pill as they now do, and the rate of births by C-section will drop from the current 30% to less than 10%, as is the case in Europe. But taxes will go up, a lot, while health insurance premiums will drop, perhaps to zero for most people. And it'll cost far more than $100 a month for folks not on Medicare. Triple that, even with the massive cost savings resulting from a single-payer system, er, socialized medicine.
As for the Tea Party, I personally want 5 minutes with Ted Cruz in a steel cage.
Comment by Dan Silagi — October 13, 2013 @ 10:23 AM
Oh, hell no!
Comment by Shemayah Shiloh Phillips — October 13, 2013 @ 2:20 PM
How about this? Just get rid of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. Lower the age of Medicare to, say, zero, so that everyone has the same benefits and opportunity. Until you've lived without health insurance, healthcare or health, for that matter, you don't understand how debilitating bad health is, how costly it is, and how one is unable to really do much about his or her own situation while unhealthy.
In line with the third of President Roosevelt's Four Freedom's, the freedom from want, we should not allow this to hinder our brain power, creativity, humanity.
And the overall cost of healthcare in this country, where the government is relatively involved, is nearly twice what it is in Europe and Israel, and with worse results.
Comment by Nathaniel James Warshay — October 13, 2013 @ 5:28 PM
It's not treason…it's hostage negotiation.
Comment by Gil Gilman — October 13, 2013 @ 8:36 PM
WE MAY BE ”CRAZIES” BUT WE AIM TO STAY FREE
Comment by Charles Jones — October 13, 2013 @ 9:59 PM
Sorry to disturb you here on this thread attached to this piece: I'm right-wing, patriotic, soft-nationalist anti-Obmama, anti-Democrat big time and am not even American, but a Hungarian Jewish man of 35. Again, sorry to butt in, but all i wanted to say is that Shakespeare like most English at the timer and also today, gee the world neevr changes but stayss the same!, was a rotten antisemtie, a base low-life Jew-hating bigot, which is a fact. Thought help to clerar this up against the oh so great writer…