June 30, 2015
Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) recently said, “…we have to move toward a Medicare for all, single-payer system.”
For years now “Medicare-for-All” has been the rallying cry for single-payer advocates. It is, if nothing else, shrewd marketing. Medicare is very popular with the American public. For example, a Harvard School of Public Health 2013 survey found 72 percent of respondents had either a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Medicare. What better way to promote single-payer than to rename it after a popular program?
However, you will seldom see advocates of Medicare-for-All explain exactly why Medicare is so popular. In other words, presumably Medicare is popular because it functions well, but why does it function well?
Read the full article at the National Center for Public Policy Research: Why Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare-for-All" Won't Work