$1200 - wow. As an American, I cannot even comprehend that price tag for a long cancer treatment.
The main excuse served up by anti-Single Payer people is “it will raise taxes!!” YES. IT WILL. Now do the freaking math - based on my income, instead of paying $10,000/year in FICA taxes as I do currently, I would have to pay $12,000/year (based on the 2% increase that I have most commonly read) - oh no! A $2,000/year increase!!!
Uh, I am currently paying around $9,000/year for my health insurance premiums - with my employer paying the other $4,000. This of course doesn’t include any co-pays, deductibles, and other expenses that I would have to pay out of pocket if I actually had to USE my health insurance, God forbid. If I actually got seriously ill - heart attack, bi-pass surgery, stroke, cancer, etc. - I would be forking out WAY more than my $9,000/year for my premiums alone.
Yeah - I think a $2,000 increase in my annual taxes would be FAR preferable than what I’m currently paying, and what I would be liable for if I actually got sick. Why can’t Americans do simple math?? No matter how you slice it, Medicare-For-All is cheaper, more cost-effective, more efficient, and covers EVERYONE. NO more declaring bankruptcy for hundreds of thousands of Americans because they got sick. NO more having to decide between going to the doctor or paying the rent. NO more profits for a bunch of greedy corporations made from the sick and dying. NO more declining coverage because of some profit-motivated corporation saying “pre-existing condition” or some other such nonsense. No more declining treatment AT ALL.
It’s logical, it’s fair, it makes sense, it is the Right thing to do. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and profit has NO place in making people well who are sick.