Heritage: 'Free' sounds nice but most don't believe it

Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Chris Woodward, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Bernie Sanders speaking at podiumU.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to tout his private insurance-murdering Medicare for All plan on the campaign trail but a health care expert predicts most Americans oppose surrendering their insurance coverage to Washington, D.C.  

"Most Americans don't like being told want to do,” Robert Moffitt, Ph.D. at The Heritage Foundation, says of the radical idea. “And most Americans want to have options available to them outside of what in fact a group of politicians in Washington say to them."

The current field of Democratic presidential candidates often proclaim that health care is a “right” for 327 million Americans, but Sanders was pushing the idea in 2016 when he fired up far-left Democrats with fiery rhetoric about rich corporations, including health insurance companies, oppressing poor Americans.

Medicare for All rallySanders is currently averaging second place behind Joe Biden in Democratic polling.

Biden, meanwhile, is suggesting expanding the Affordable Care Act to include a public option but that suggestion is seen as too tepid for many far-left progressives.  

In a July 17 story defending Sanders, the far-left website Vox.com summed up his view:

And fundamentally, Sanders challenges the leading technocratic approach to health care by posing a basic question about a moral problem: Can a health care system in which private insurance plays a significant role incentivize giving sick people care? Sanders says no.

Moffit

Sanders has not denied Medicare for All Act would do away with private coverage but his response is every American --- presumably himself --- would have the same coverage, and private corporations would stop profiting from sick Americans.

According to Moffitt, most Americans are too smart to trust turning over America’s health care system to Congress and to the Department of Health and Human Services, which he says would guarantee a “highly politicized” system.

“There will be winners and losers,” he says, “depending upon the political fashions of the moment and that is a disaster for this country."

Democrats in Congress also claimed they and their staffers would sign up for the Affordable Care Act, as required by the rules they wrote, but it was discovered the Capitol Hill politicians found a way to skirt around the requirements they had demanded on the public in a Christmas Eve vote. 

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