Several prominent Democrats, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), have proposed a “Medicare-for-All” system in the United States, but one doctor thinks that would be a disaster.
Shortly after announcing her bid to be the Democratic Party’s 2020 candidate, Harris made waves for declaring her support for a fully public health care system. She said she would support abolishing private health insurance to implement “Medicare-for-All.”
As IJR previously reported, she has since walked those comments back because of the backlash, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t those who still support “Medicare-for-All.”
In an interview with Bill Hemmer, Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel explained that Americans can get a taste of “Medicare-for-All” by working with the current Medicare system.
Watch the video below:
“‘Medicare-for-All’ is not expanding Medicare, it’s putting a wrecking ball to private insurance and revamping everything and putting a new product in place that the government runs. And I have to firmly disagree with the idea that Sen. Kamala Harris is saying there that it means instant access. I can tell you, working with both private and public insurance in my office — with Medicare, with Medicaid sometimes, with private — there’s no such thing as access based on public health insurance. The government doesn’t provide access. The government is a bureaucracy. I have to appeal, Bill, to the government sometimes, and I get on the phone, a distant bureaucrat is approving or disapproving of some procedure I think a patient needs. That’s going to get worse here if we have ‘Medicare-for-All.'”
As IJR previously reported, the support for “Medicare-for-All” among Americans plummets when the respondent is told about the rising tax rates and wait times that would accompany that type of system — which is estimated to cost north of $32 trillion over a decade.
Siegal also noted that there are issues outside of the hospital that come along with a program like “Medicare-for-All.” He specifically pointed to jobs, noting that some Americans only take a job to maintain health care and that a public system would disincentivize American workers.
He also noted that the U.S. is the world leader in medical innovation because American researchers have the flexibility in our private system to individualize treatments.