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Medicare for All: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Feb 20, 2020
We thought we had talked about an issue that has dominated the Democratic primaries, and I'm not talking about why Tom Styer doesn't look richer, but why not, even though his skin is sallow, his clothes don't fit, and it seems like only having a tie, what is this man doing with all this money? No, we're not talking about that, instead, let's talk about this. It's the buzzword among Democrats running for president. Medicare for all, we will have Medicare for all, we have an opportunity for Medicare for all Medicare for all Medicare for all There is a lot of talk now about Medicare for all, what does that mean?
medicare for all last week tonight with john oliver hbo
Question from a great judge and an even greater human being, and to answer the question from Ruth Bader Ginsburg's inevitable successor, what is Medicare? Well, right now we have what's called a multi-payer system, which means that maybe your health care is covered by private insurance purchased by you or your employer or maybe it's covered by a government program like Medicare or Medicaid, or maybe you are one of them. of the 27 million uninsured Americans, in which case the basic idea behind Medicare for All is that all of this would be replaced by a government-funded single-payer program and the goal of universal health care coverage is extremely attractive both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have launched versions of Medicare for All, but other Democrats have been very cautious and conservatives absolutely hate the idea that we can't afford Medicare, which is why this is the end of America as we know it economically.
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I think literally 90% of hospitals. It would collapse tomorrow, right, Medicare for everything I lived in England, nationalized healthcare is a disaster when the rich and famous get sick, they don't fly to Canada, they don't fly to Cuba, they come here because we have the best medicine in the world. world no, I'll give it to that man, this United States has one of the best healthcare systems in the world for rich and famous people, unfortunately, too many people are born in this country with a terrible pre-existing condition called not being beyond, sir, some of us. In fact, many of us are still struggling and, for many Americans, our system is seriously broken, and I'm not just talking about the 27 million without health insurance, but the nearly 44 million more who are under, in short, people with deductibles. and high co-insurance. payments that can end up bleeding them dry, most people who file for bankruptcy cite medical expenses as a factor and you probably already knew this from how often you see GoFundMe campaigns online from worried parents of six children or your friend who received has a pineapple up his ass and needs help paying the doctors to stop laughing and take it out and by the way, for all the touching success stories you see, one study found that 90% of crowdfunding for medical expenses don't reach their goal and when they fall In short, it can be overwhelming as just one family struggles to raise $10,000 for expenses resulting from their two-year-old daughter's eye disorder.
medicare for all last week tonight with john oliver hbo
Sheila's fundraiser is not going as well as they expected in about a month, she only raised six hundred and ten dollars. Early in the morning on the day of Sheila's surgery, her parents are still trying to get the word out about her, so we'll have her sign the hashtag "eyes for Sheila." Alright, think about what you're seeing there, it's a pretty dystopian society we have. If you are living if your physical and financial well-being depends on whether your crowdfunding campaign can receive a signal boost from jiff ponder Pomeranian and good luck with that, by the way, I will try to publish our article on manipulation for months and he will not do it, come on , jiff pond, throw us a bone, the point is that any solution that might put an end to this is worth at least considering, and to be honest, I personally think there's a lot to be said for Medicare.
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, let's take a look, not at the policy of whether it can be approved, but at what it actually is and whenever the topic comes up, you tend to hear three major criticisms about costs, wait times and options, And let's start with the cost because critics will tell you that Medicare for All will simply increase the federal budget too much. This sick socialism would cost approximately thirty-two point six trillion dollars over ten years, even if it doubled tax revenue from individuals and corporations. Yes, that means you would be paying double. You already do it in taxes that still don't cover the bill, my goodness, free healthcare is expensive.
Look, I know it sounds dramatic, but Sarah Palin's fourth attempt at cloning herself is actually right: Medicare for All would be undeniably expensive, but that fact needs To start, there's a lot of context around this, where it would increase the budget. Federal, yes, but it would also eliminate employer spending on premiums and you're spending on out-of-pocket costs now, would they balance each other out? That's a good question, the answer is. No one can be sure that there are too many variables involved. The Times asked five leading experts to estimate national health care spending under Bernie's plan and compared it to what we spend now, and the results range from it would actually cost us less.
It would cost about the same - it will cost a lot more and I know the extra shading doesn't seem like much, but trust me, it's a lot, but good looking, let's just say for the sake of argument, our overall expense went up. We would get a lot for that money. Remember that 27 million more people would be covered and well covered. Bernie's plan is incredibly generous. Covers long-term dental care and medications. In fact, Medicare for All is a misleading title because Medicare. requires some co-pays and out-of-pocket costs and Bernie will enthusiastically tell you that his plan eliminates Medicare for all bills I wrote premiums co-pays gone deductibles gone all out-of-pocket costs gone It's over, you're right, bills are gone from the hospital, no more co-pays, no more cell phone payments, no more flat tires, no more Geico commercials, all the things you hate in this world will disappear and all that will be left will be universally accessible healthcare and Laura Dern, finally, life as it should.
Bernie's plan is not only more generous than most current private insurance plans, it is more generous than the policy of any single-payer country in the world, and there are good reasons to argue that even if national spending were higher, we could end up Right now, wasting less, much of our health care spending goes not to health care, but to administrative costs that come with having a vast insurance industry that is clearly wildly inefficient and consolidating all health insurance under one roof would give the government much more. leverage to negotiate prices down because, look, it's no secret that procedure and drug prices are out of control in the United States, it's so bad that an insurance provider in Utah recently started offering cash to some of its participants if they were willing to travel a little further. that your local pharmacy to fill your prescription is called pharmaceutical tourism that's how it works PE HP puts patients on a plane and flies them to San Diego from there, a private car takes them across the border to Tijuana, Mexico, where your prescription awaits you the only difference is that the prescription costs about half the price PHP will give people willing to travel an additional $500 cheaper so we will pay for the medication there, we will send them there and then we will give them $500, That's crazy, giving you $500 to go to Mexico.
Buying medications isn't what her insurance provider should do, it's what her sketchy friend Meredith should do because she wants to make Briana's bachelorette party a total disaster. I go myself, but I have exceptional wines under Medicare for all, the government would be much stronger. Now, negotiator, you wouldn't want you to set prices so low that they stifle innovation or bankrupt doctors, but that's a balance you'd need to strike generally, you can't definitively say it would be more expensive, but even if it were me. Personally I'd say it's worth it and either way the cost is a lot more complicated and a hassle than just showing up on TV and saying 32.6 zip bucks like Tina Fey doing her best dr.
Bad impression Anyway, the next major criticism of Medicare for All concerns wait times, specifically that it would result in rationing and delays in care. If you think it's fun to wait in line at the DMV, you'll love Bernie Sanders' wait times for Medicare. it leads to the kind of care that people have now in England or Canada, where you have to queue, just take a look at Canada or the UK, it means long waiting lines, it means people don't get the health treatments they need Okay? Nobody likes to wait in line for anything. I understand. Most people see the line at Trader Joe's and abandon their cart or set off the fire alarm and sneak out with their purchases undetected, unless I'm saying I've done that before. saying that I have a show to do

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and you want some peanut butter pretzels, but since we have compared the costs, the wait times are very complicated, on the one hand, the international wait times that you hear about with They are most often for non-emergency surgeries like knee replacements, and while yes, people in other countries sometimes have to wait a little longer for care, it's not that Americans don't have to right now, so Still, Americans are sometimes forced to wait because of the expense that about half of American adults say.
They or a family member postponed or skipped care over the past year because of the cost, and about one in eight say their medical condition worsened because of that delay, since those without insurance won't end up having to wait a literal time. line to seek care with AIDS groups like Remote Area Medical, an organization that travels the country setting up mobile clinics to treat people for free and draws massive lines wherever it goes, having gotten their place in line, many do not. you can add for the night before dawn this was the time when they were waiting for number one, come on, down, number two, number three, one by one, patients are let in for a chance to visit a doctor , a dentist and an optician.
At first, Graham focused on communities in remote areas of developing countries, but Stan says he gradually realized the deep need in the United States. today Oh, 80% or more of what we do is here in the United States. It's amazing to me, that's the case. Normally Americans hate it when a British person comes to diagnose what's wrong with you. Believe me, six seasons of YouTube commentary has done that. Very clear, the internet is me and for all the critics talking about waiting times abroad, it's worth knowing that less than 10 per cent of Brits or Canadians say their healthcare system needs to be completely rebuilt compared to 23 percent of people here in the United States.
When London hosted the 2012 Olympics, the opening ceremony included a four-and-a-half-minute celebration of the National Health Service with doctors and nurses swing dancing and children jumping on hospital beds. According to Canada, they love their health service so much that when they had a contest to be the best Canadian of all time. This was the result. The best Canadian decided by you is Tommy. The mother of all national titles goes to the father of the Medicare family, Ingenix, but we'll ignore that if it was the nineteen. Thirty That Perfect Look is the final big critique of Medicare probation, involving the choice specifically that it would take away our ability to choose the type of health coverage we will receive when I hear that health care is a right, what I hear It's health. health care will no longer have options under Medicare for all your health coverage options disappear Americans are still Americans we are not socialists we are not communists we like to choose and we like to have options in health care, especially what Americans are Americans, it's true and they like to have options, that's why the number one series on Netflix has 40 minutes of searching the menu for something good, it's basically America's national pastime and the fact is a complete cosine of that concept, but the fact is which is our current one.
The system limits Americans' choices far more than it expands them. For starters, as a practical matter, most of us don't choose our health insurance, we get what we get through our employer, and because of that, options like changing jobs can becomesignificantly more difficult and not only that. Many times your choice of doctors and hospitals is severely limited by which ones your insurance will cover. Leaving your insurance network can be prohibitively expensive, which is why people do everything they can to stay in-network and even when they do, it can still all go away. terribly wrong while she was campaigning in 2018, Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter's appendix burst and her first thought was how much it would cost.
I didn't call an ambulance because I knew it could cost a lot if you called an ambulance specifically if my manager took me back to the nearest place. hospital, but to the in-network hospital, even though the hospital was in their network, the surgeon who helped save Porter's life was not and he received a bill for almost three thousand dollars, exactly what you can get by taking an ambulance. You can get it by going to the hospital. wrong hospital or you can go to the right hospital, but choosing the wrong surgeon, the American healthcare system gives you so many options on how you want to get it, it really becomes a suture and I'll take care of that whole scenario.
If this didn't happen, no doctor would be out of network because there would be no network at all and the truth about Americans' current illusion of choice is that too often, because of cost, the decisions our current system forces upon people to take are those that I prioritize. The difficult thing about insulin because the difficult thing is more immediate. I know eventually you know diabetes will kill me but it will take longer and I know that without insulin.Heart failure medications. I only have 13% function of my heart. I don't want to play with that. Obviously it's terrible.
A humane healthcare system should not require people to choose their favorite organ, although, for the record, if you ever ask me which one is my favorite. organ. I always go to the spleen. Now I know the brain in the heart gets all the attention, but I'm telling you when it comes to filtering blood, you can't go wrong with the spleen hash tag in the spleen lock hashtag. Yes, Lee. So, those are the three main criticisms of Medicare for All and I have to say that it's not just people on the right who raised them. Some Democrats have reservations about Pete Budaj, for example, he prefers a different concept than Medicare for All, but with a similar and catchy name, my vision for health care is Medicare for all who wanted, allowing all Americans to have the option of move away from private corporate plans and move toward something better, but when you're ready, because I trust Americans to make the right decision, well, wait.
There you trust that Americans will make the right decision. You know that Americans choose to drink Bud Light correctly, that it doesn't taste so much like beer as it tastes like it clearly died somehow and was discovered in this apartment three

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s later, but what is the Church of the Buddha? referring to when he says that Medicare for All Who Wants is basically the public option, meaning where the government doesn't replace the private insurance system, it just introduces its own plan that would compete with it and would definitely be an improvement over what have. Now the problem is that it would leave much of our current insurance infrastructure intact with all its problems, so it's like we're being offered a sandwich or a slightly smaller sandwich with guacamole.
I guess I'll choose the second one if you want. You're asking, but honestly, the lack of guacamole wasn't really my main concern and I'm not saying any of this would be easy. Many things would have to be discovered about how to impose taxes to pay it equitably. to the consequences of eliminating the entire private health insurance industry which, according to one estimate, could displace 1.8 million workers, is a legitimate thing to worry about and any plan would have to be designed and implemented very carefully, which is why that both Warren and Saunders talked about the need for transition plans for workers in their proposals and I understand that big change is scary, it is human nature to prefer the known devil to an uncertain alternative, but the known devil is still a devil and it is easy to forget.
I talk a lot about Britain on this show. I'm not stopping anytime soon, but one thing Britain does well is the National Health Service. It's not perfect, of course, I'm not going to swing dance on a bed about it, but I'll be honest. I've never had a bad experience with you and I don't know anyone who has, but since moving to the United States I don't think I've met anyone who doesn't have at least one horror story from the insurance industry right now in the United States. Joined. The national anthem should be everyone in the stadium yelling about their insurance company for two and a half minutes, so for what it's worth, I'm personally in favor of some carefully crafted version of universal health coverage and I'll own it all what is related to her. are difficult, including the fact that politically it would be incredibly difficult to pass, but in return, anyone who resists meaningful change will have to recognize all the flaws in our current system, one in which when Americans get sick they can find themselves in comparison . -shopping with a burst appendix, flipping a coin between life-saving medications and praying they come up with a hashtag catchy enough to cover their attention, though for what that's worth until we fix this mess, if someone suffers a ruptured appendix spleen please feel free to use hashtag, yes that's all yours, good luck with it.

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