Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), like too many Republicans, oppose Medicare for All, preferring to let private insurance companies dictate the cost of healthcare in our country. But he accidentally made the case for universal healthcare this week, much to the glee of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Healthcare costs in the United States are the highest in the world. Despite that, the level and quality of care we receive is substandard all while Americans are bankrupted into poverty in a vicious cycle requiring them to choose between saving their lives or being financially secure.
Most developed nations on Earth have adopted universal healthcare, resulting in better care at much lower prices. And everyone is covered.
The United States could institute a similar program and it would instantly save taxpayers trillions compared to the privatized system we have now.
Want proof? Just ask Cornyn, who admitted on Christmas Eve that private costs are higher than what is paid under Medicare.
In 2017, the prices paid to hospitals for privately insured patients averaged 241 percent of what Medicare would have paid. @RANDCorporation
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) December 24, 2019
Again, privatization is the problem with healthcare in our country today. It’s purely driven by profit. Medicare for All would eliminate the middle man and control prices, keeping them much lower and more in line with prices that people in other developed nations enjoy. All we would have to do is pay a tax like we already do today for Medicare.
Of course, Cornyn received many responses to his tweet pointing out that he is basically making the argument for Medicare for All, including one reply from Ocasio-Cortez.
Keep going! You’re so close to getting it! ☺️? https://t.co/SAVygUJznx
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 26, 2019
But in response to another Twitter user, Cornyn claimed that Medicare for All is not a fix for our expensive healthcare system.
Not Medicare for All! https://t.co/3dUvKx1meI
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) December 26, 2019
Again, Cornyn posted information showing that privately run healthcare is far more expensive than a government-run program. Medicare is one of the most popular and successful government programs in history. And it would only improve if applied nationally to everyone. Sure, taxes may go up a little, but it’s better than paying an exorbitant ransom to health insurance companies that will likely not cover the medical care we need and could drop patients whose care becomes less profitable. And that’s if Americans can afford to buy insurance in the first place.
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