The idea behind affordable health care for all, though innocuous, goes against the grains of the United States’ capitalist mantra.
The argument for a system that takes care of all the country’s people and provides a way of financial relief is nearly impenetrable. However, digging deep into the various moving parts of what that would constitute and the burden of cost is a point that cannot be overlooked.
The thought wades too far for comfort into a socialist mindset for United States ideologues. But this thought is also on the mindset of, maybe, one too many democrats in the Senate.
The Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed and garnered support for a bill that would create a health-care-for-all type program in the United States. At last count, there were 15 other democrats who were on board with the plan, including the highly influential Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
This hints at a new trend within the American left, one that will stretch far from the comfort of most of the U.S. It is not that there is no likability behind Sanders, but rather the details of his legislation are too far gone for many people to get on board with.
“Rather than give a detailed proposal about how we’re going to raise $3 trillion a year, we’d rather give the American people options,” Sanders said in article published in The Washington Post. “The truth is, embarrassingly, that on this enormously important issue, there has not been the kind of research and study that we need.”
But, for many people around the country, there is no research to be done. His plan would raise taxes across the board but would also give people access to cheaper and possibly better health care. However, the mention of a tax increase will close off more ears than anything else.
Though there is some validity in the cupidity of pharmaceutical companies that take advantage of their customers, that will not be enough to sway the votes in Sanders’ favor. His formulas fit far too easily into what many people consider a socialist take on health care and medicine.
The possibility of this happening now is low. But, that does not mean it could not happen in the future. Pew Research Center has data that shows interest in a health-care-for-all type program is increasing in likeability by many.
About 33 percent of people in the U.S. are in favor of a bill like Sanders’, according to Pew. That does not mean, however, that number can be mirrored within the legislature. There are far too many Republicans in comfortable seats and far too many democrats who could lose their seats by supporting this bill.
This bill that Sanders has introduced is doomed and will do nothing but create a newer, more hostile mindset toward many people on the progressive left. It does show that his heart is in the right place, but that is not enough to gain favorability.
Though it is predictable for many Republicans in the Senate to fervently reject the idea, some do have a good point in that people are not ready to pay more taxes to cover other people’s medical bills, in a sense.
The Republican Senator from Wyoming, John Barrasso, said, “Bernie Sanders’s home state had … a similar plan,” according to The Washington Post. “They realized they would have to double the taxes collected on the people of that state to pay for it because it was so financially expensive.”
This bill reaches far out of the comfort zone of many and grinds against many economic ideals that have gained popularity in the U.S. It is not that the plan is not doable, but rather there is no support.
Now is not the time for an experiment on any type of government-funded medical care. But, maybe in the future a Sanders-like plan may be possible.