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To Create System That Puts 'Patients Ahead of Profits,' Sanders Unveils Medicare for All Act of 2019

“Lobbying” visits arranged by citizen lottery, with zero preference for money donors, and visits from corporate representatives forbidden.

We’re on a roll!

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IF Medicare for all ever passes, one of the first things that will need to be addressed is the supplemental part of it. It is a pain in the ass and needs to be taken out of the picture altogether. I have been on Medicare for almost 4 years now and is great, but the supplemental part still involves co-pays, deductibles, exclusions, and premium increases…such that most people on Medicare have to go shopping for a different plan every few years. I would rather the government take a little more out of my SS check each month and provide 100% coverage instead of forcing us to have to still deal with the insurance companies. EVERY aspect of for-profit insurance needs to be eradicated from our health care. Oh, and then there’s that thing with prescription drugs – Part D. Ugh. Another pain in the ass. A lot of people don’t know this but Part D is actually required. If you don’t subscribe to it, you will be penalized by having to pay more for your premiums on your supplemental plan. I found that out the hard way. Nobody bothered to tell me that I would be penalized for not subscribing to it. I only found out when I changed my supplemental plan and was told that my premium would be more on account of not having Part D.

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Ha! Nailed it

Ok wait a minute. Where is this rational democracy?

i believe both the House bill and Sanders’ Senate bill entirely eliminate co-pays.

“Healthcare is a basic human right…” Warren said

Why just healthcare, I ask myself?

If we agree that healthcare should be free at the point of delivery, why not many the many other necessities for a decent life and the well-being of people.

Housing. Fit homes for all to live in for free.

Food. Supermarkets full of shelves of free nutritious food

Travel. Public transport without tickets and fares.

Lets create a general non-market economy in which people co-operate to produce goods and provide services directly for needs without the economic constraints of ownership or buying and selling. Non-market economics is a money-free, non-exchange economy which operates with people co-operating to produce useful goods directly for consumption. The wealth of this world is produced by labour – there is no other way it comes into existence – but it is substantially owned and used by a rich social minority who have never been part of wealth production.

What’s the point of having robotics and automation if it is not applied for the benefit of people and not merely to accumulate capital and produce profits?


Capitalism puts a price on everything, including human life.

Although the many various forms of socialized free healthcare around the world suggests possibilities for how a service free at the point of use and based on needs could be organised, fundamentally, it is not free from the market system.

They all compete to buy drugs, hospital supplies and to hire staff. Likewise, they must buy buildings and land, pay the form of rent to the pharmaceutical corporations that possess the intellectual ownership titles, commonly known as patents, to vital medicines. Consequently, on its payroll are not just doctors and nurses but clerks, accountants, procurement officers, lawyers and the whole array of staff specifically to manage all of this market activity, greatly adding to running costs. The bureaucracy can’t be solved just by ‘cutting red tape’ as the all have to operate in the same economic market as any other institution, so they have to be run like any other. This involves bureaucracy to ration and restrict who qualifies to use them. There will never be a fully decent health service as long as there is the market.

Capitalism has never been able to conquer human beings’ basic sense of decency despite every effort and incentive. People little realize just how much work volunteers do, in a society that laughs at the idea of working for free. One way to think of socialism is as a global volunteering effort, systematized as the norm rather than the exception. The recruitment, training and deployment of committed volunteers will take much organizing and administration. The emphasis will be on activities and tasks rather than on occupational labels: nursing, brain surgery, portering, scientific research, and so on, rather than nurses, brain surgeons, porters, scientific researchers. Everywhere we shall treat each other as friendly collaborators, and not as competition.