Forget healthcare reform. Give Medicare to everyone

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09/29/2009

What a waste of time all this back and forth on healthcare reform has been. The answer's been right in front of our faces the whole time: Expand Medicare to everyone.

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How simple is that?

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If Medicare is good enough for our seniors, why isn’t it good enough for everyone else? It’s a program that works and, with the possible exception of some real right-wing anti-government types, is universally loved.

So lets expand it and then figure out how to pay for it. We also need to figure out a way to drive down fraud and abuse. But otherwise we are good to go.

There are a lot of Republicans and some Democrats out there screaming about no more big government programs, but most of us, it seems, love big government programs. I mean, who doesn’t like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, the U.S. Post Office? These program may need a little modernizing, but they work.

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George S. McGovern, the former senator from South Dakota and the 1972 Democratic nominee for president, is a big proponent for expanding Medicare and lays out his argument in today's Washington Post.

At this point, it ain't going to happen. The political will doesn't exist. What we are going to get, if we get anything, is some watered-down version of health care reform that doesn't satisfy anyone. What a waste of time.

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— Mike Moran

Comments

Mike,
You are kidding about GIVING everybody Medicare coverage right? If you are serious than you obviously have never relied on payment from Medicare to feed your family. The utopian view that fraud and abuse would go away is one myth but the larger problem is uncureable, human nature. The inefficientcy of Gov't. is real. The old we will spend 900 billion to save a trillion theory. If it were not for the spirit that lives in the private sector this world would be light years away from the technology we currently enjoy. Stop kidding yourself. Socialism exists in two ways: It is applied by force or it is used in a country of homogeneous people with little cultural differences. The USA is neither.