Pelosi aide tells insurance executives not to worry about "Medicare for All"
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LESS THAN A month after Democrats — many of them running on “Medicare for All” — won back control of the House of Representatives in November, the top health policy aide to then-prospective House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Blue Cross Blue Shield executives and assured them that party leadership had strong reservations about single-payer health care and was more focused on lowering drug prices, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
Pelosi adviser Wendell Primus detailed five objections to Medicare for All and said that Democrats would be allies to the insurance industry in the fight against single-payer health care. Primus pitched the insurers on supporting Democrats on efforts to shrink drug prices, specifically by backing a number of measures that the pharmaceutical lobby is opposing.
Primus, in a slide presentation obtained by The Intercept, criticized single payer on the basis of cost (“Monies are needed for other priorities”), opposition (“Stakeholders are against; Creates winners and losers”), and “implementation challenges.” We have recreated the slides for source protection purposes.
Good thing Ocasio-Cortez is now the most popular Democrat around and will yell from the Capitol how they will be going back on it.
Single payer medicare for all isnt the only way to do universal healthcare. Even extremely social-oriented nations like Sweden and Netherlands don't operate on single payer. The only comparable nations in this are United Kingdom and Canada. It's still stated that democrats are for universal healthcare. Having it at all matters more than how ideologically pure the iteration of it is.
No shit. Pelosi is dirty and doesn't give a fuck about her constituents. She's as bad as your run-of-the-mill Republican in that. She just bats for a different team. Anyone and everyone who paid attention knew she didn't care for it.
She passed a stronger ACA with public option in her last tenure as speaker tho. Joe Lieberman and Ted Kennedy fucked that all up.
Yeah, she wasn't the only one involved in that by a long shot and she has argued to hell and back to everyone but her voters that she is against universal healthcare.
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Absolutely. Some American users here may criticise public option healthcare as ‘centrist’ or ‘a dumb compromise’, but most western countries - including Australia - have that kind of hybrid public/private system.
Public option healthcare is definitely the route that the US should go down - improving health outcomes without dismantling an entire industry, and in fact actually creating additional competition for that industry.
Sorry. My family member with cancer too worried about being able to pay for treatment didn't give a shit about this industry.
Literally who gives a shit about the insurance "industry" when we're talking about giving the population access to proper health?
The fact that many countries exist that don't rely on private insurance for healthcare coverage (not just Canada and the UK by the way, no idea why @ThighHighSuccubi said that) should be proof enough that it doesn't serve any purpose that non-profit or governmental equivalents cannot.
Maaaaybe she's trying to say she isn't for it then have other dems support it and go, "don't worry about it"
Industries concerned with basic human needs should be effaced. Or at the very least, companies operating in these areas should have to grovel at the feet of the state, act only in the best interest of the public, and follow all regulations to a T simply to avoid forced liquidation.
the thing is single payer medicare for all would be the simplest and least disruptive system as they'd just take the existing medicare system, extend it to everybody and there'd probably be some component to pay into it like normal insurance based on income, competing against the insurance industry but not displacing it.
To add to this, given the political climate in the US, it's more likely easier to push something already working to a degree rather than trying something completely new.
the medicare agency is already going to need to massively expand over the next 20 years as boomers age into the system, and there isn't the political will to raise the age limit like there was 20 years ago so there will be a sudden massive shock to medicare that will need government intervention.
I have cancer.
Fuck the health care industry. If I didn't have a good paying job with insurance like many of me peers do, I would be up to my eyeballs in debt right now. The costs are outrageous and there is no good reason that it should be costing as much as it is. Even with insurance, I have to pay 6000USD per year out of pocket. I've had to put loan payments on minimum because of it.
Seriously, here's all the claims I've had from this disease alone. I'm not even halfway done with my treatment either.
Sure a public option would keep me from paying all this but I'm not convinced that would allow me an equal level of care for what is literally a life saving treatment. If the public option was just as good, then the private option would never be used. And there is no moral reason that one should receive a lesser quality of care because of their wealth.
Single payer or bust.
May you kick its ass my dude.
Yeah, my mom getting cancer really opened my eyes to how absolutely insane the prices for healthcare in America are. She had good insurance and I can't imagine what our family would have done were that not the case. Something has to change.
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