The “VA” is NOT “the same as Medicare for all”, and is far from being the same as Medicare as it exists today. The US Veterans Administration (VA) is a carbon copy of the United Kingdom’s socialized medicine wherein all facilities, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are gubmit employees and the gubmit negotiates drug prices. The only exception is that in recent years VA patients living in rural areas that lack VA facilities are allowed to be treated by rural medical providers designated by the VA. The VA negotiates drug prices. VA patients’ treatments and drugs are covered by taxpayers.
For most “senior citizens” the gubmit DOES currently provide Medicare for $100-$140 per month, however, those senior citizens also need to spend hundreds per month on supplemental insurance premiums and/or co-pays to cover prescription drugs and other “gaps” in Medicare coverage. Neither Medicare or supplemental insurance cover non-prescription drugs, dental, naturopathic, or acupuncture.
Both the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, and 2010 ACA solidified Congress’ mandate that Medicare never be able to negotiate drug prices. Check out Wikipedia’s write up on Billy Tauzin if you want to drill down on that subject.
Insurance is a financial product, not a health care product.