Snarky Corporate Media Townhall Host: Would you end private health insurance? What do you say to the millions of Americans who like their current health insurance they get through their employer?
Weak Wishy Washy Centrist Candidate Pretending They’re Progressive: What we want is universal health care and that’s our north star and there are many ways to get there which is why I’ve endorsed other plans besides Medicare for All and in them people get to keep their private insurance and blah blah blah yadda yadda.
Me If I Was On That Stage: Yes. I would end private health insurance because private health insurance is the opposite of health care being a right. Private health insurance is For Profit health insurance and it’s all about only having it if you pay for it so someone already super rich can make a profit off others needing health care. What would I say to someone who likes their current insurance through their employer? I’d say, "You’re going to like Single Payer better. You’ll pay less per month in the a new dedicated tax like you pay for Social Security than you are paying now for your premium. You’ll have no co-pay. You’ll have no deductible. You’re network will be any doctor, hospital, or other provider who is practicing. Right now if you lose your job and get another one you will switch insurance and you switch networks and your current doctor may not be in your new network. In fact you may not even switch jobs but your employer decides to switch insurance company and again you’re forced into a different network. But with Single Payer everybody’s in the same network.
“Plus this includes dental and vision and end of life care, you don’t have to buy into supplemental plans like most employer based insurance does.”
I’d say, “You’re going to like Medicare For All much better than what you are getting at work now. Don’t let the people who want to keep the current for profit system going scare you. They want to scare you so they can keep making money off your hard work and need to take care of your family. They will make you think it means you’ll lose your health care. They are lying. You won’t lose anything you already have. You’ll keep it and have more. And you can stop worrying that if you get injured at work or they lay you off because of another recession that you’ll lose your health care.”
That’s what I’d say.