MEDICARE FOR ALL: WAY TO GO AMERICA! – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #48

Personally, we both are on Medicare because we are at an age where we deserve it. Lord knows we paid enough money over the years for the privilege of having doctors when we got old.

Medicare is a pretty good system and it is getting even better. The people who run it are competent, ready and willing to talk to you any time of the day or night. They are incredibly patient, which really helps because a lot of people on Medicare are not entirely “all there” anymore.

Medicare’s way of distributing drugs was deeply flawed and still leaves a lot to be desired, though it is better than it was. Their unwillingness to deal with — until this year — seeing, hearing, chewing, and breathing was cruel.

I don’t know if the changes we are seeing this year are local Massachusetts changes or national, but this year we are actually going to get enough money to buy a pair of eyeglasses, get our teeth cleaned and x-rayed and if Garry still needed them, hearing aids. Too bad they are available now because a few years ago, Garry really needed them.

We just changed from BlueCross to Harvard-Pilgrim. It will save us about $170/month and we can keep all our doctors (I checked). Also, since we’d use the same hospital where they already have all our records, I wouldn’t have to get a new institution “up to speed.” I honestly didn’t think I could cope with swapping all my doctors again and records again.

Do you believe the government of a country has a responsibility to provide universal, affordable (if not “free”) healthcare for its citizens?

Yes. Absolutely.

If you live in the United States, would you favor Medicare for all/single-payer health plan?

Having lived in Israel where medical care is free if you are poor, but if you aren’t quite that poor, you can buy into any one of a number insurance plans that give you other options, like private doctors rather than clinics, or one of the groups that offer more options for natural care. But all medical care uses the same hospitals and surgeons are not your choice but are based on your problem(s) and who they think can best solve it.

You got incredibly good medical care, probably because there are more doctors per capita in Israel than anywhere else in the world. Well, you know. Jewish doctors are a “thing.” Half the doctors were American or British, too. All the top surgeons were American — but of course, that was the 1980s and things have probably changed.

The thing is, you had a choice of how you wanted the services delivered, but one way or the other, you were entitled to the services. Everyone had medical care, free or paid. Whether you were a citizen or tourist, you could go to the nearest health clinic and they would take care of you. No identification needed.

Medicine was free. For everyone.

It was such a good system that I think that’s what we should have here. You can use the government “free for all” system or spend a bit more money and get extra services. But regardless, everyone gets medication at no cost. No one is left out of the system.

If you live outside of the U.S., does your government provide universal healthcare? If so, how do you feel about it? If not, what kind of healthcare coverage do you have?

See my answer above. Having lived in two countries with two very different medical systems, Israel’s was really great. I think Switzerland has a very similar system too.

16 thoughts on “MEDICARE FOR ALL: WAY TO GO AMERICA! – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. Well said, Marilyn. I wish we had a system like Israel’s or like most other developed countries. But as long as Republicans are in control, there won’t be any progress to fix America’s badly broken healthcare system.

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    • I’m not sure even if we change parties that we’ll get it done. Every president since FDR has tried to fix the system and only LBJ made ANY progress. We really need to break the lock that mega-corporations have on this country. We need to STOP worshipping money!

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      • Obama tried, but had to cave on the single-payer idea in order to get the ACA passed. But you’re right, it’s not going to be easy to get there. Too many people and entities out their needing to feed their unenlightened self-interests.

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  2. I am not always happy about Germany, but that is one of those points where I really value how it is here. I like how our welfare system works. You work, you gotta pay into the system, but you’ll be able to profit when you need the help. Because you contributed to the system and thus helped others who needed help. It’s a very fair system. I also believe those who can afford it, should help those who can’t, and that’s basically what our system ensures.

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  3. $170.00 a month seems awfully high. Is that for both of you? We pay $300.00 each a year and it’s on our income taxes. It is based upon your income. Some people with a higher incomes will pay much more.
    Leslie

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