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Last night’s main story on Last Week Tonight about Medicare For All should be required viewing for anyone on the subject.  John Oliver, in his usual brilliant style, systematically destroyed every argument against Medicare for All:

  • Nobody knows what it will actually cost.  Anyone saying otherwise is full of shit.
  • Most cost estimates come in at or below our nation’s current public and private sector combined health care spending, and even if it doesn’t end up that way, it’s worth it.
  • The idea of “choice” is an illusion.  Most people have one choice:  Whatever their employer offers them.
  • People often have no choice at all in emergencies but to go out-of-network — often even when they’ve gone out of their way to try to stay in-network.
  • Under Medicare For All, every provider is in-network.
  • The “wait time” argument about other nations with nationalized healthcare that is currently a favorite of those opposed to Medicare For All is basically bogus and based on non-emergency or elective procedures.
  • People wait ridiculous amounts of time *now* because they simply cannot afford the co-pays and deductibles needed to be met to get said procedures.
  • A system where people have to choose between one life-saving medication or another due to cost is inherently unjust.
  • Yes, people in the health care bureaucracy will need new jobs, but that can be handled and is part of the plans offered by both Sanders and Warren.
  • The current system, as Oliver put it, is a “shit sandwich”, while “Medicare for all who want it” is “still a shit sandwich, only with avocado on it because the same shit still remains.”

And finally, the most succinct point:

  • If you’re arguing against Medicare For All, you’re arguing for all of the flaws and unfairness inherent in our current system and you need to own that.


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