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Bernie vs. Corey and the Socialist Nightmare of ‘Medicare for All’

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This article originally appeared on Townhall on October 19, 2019.

While campaigning in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders experienced chest pains, his presidential campaign staff reports. What happened next is really quite remarkable.

He was transported to a nearby hospital within an hour of presenting with symptoms, placed on a priority list due to his condition and then treated by the best physicians, nurses, technicians in the world using the most advanced equipment available. During the procedure, two stents were inserted into his cardiac arteries to relieve blockage. Best of all, his prognosis for recovery is excellent.

Thank goodness his health scare did not happen in Cuba. Cuba does not have the equipment or skilled physicians to perform the procedure he had undergone at the hospital in Nevada. In Venezuela’s socialist hospitals, he’d be confronted with shortages of safe blood and often electricity. If he’d availed himself of Canada’s socialized health care, he’d find himself waiting for cardiac surgery. Even as an ordinary fellow in Western Europe, he would have been transported to a state-run facility without specialists available to treat his emergency condition. The outcome for him there probably would have been as grim as he would have experienced in Cuba.

The rest of the world just can’t compare to the United States for medical care, particularly when it comes to treatment for heart attacks and other cardiac procedures. Ironically, Sanders was saved by the very health care system he despises. In fact, he wishes to dismantle it and replace it through his socialist “Medicare for All” scheme.

It’s also well worth noting that Sanders is very wealthy and has the means to pay cash for just about any medical procedure that he desires anywhere in the world.

The difference for Corey Spangler, like so many Americans, is that she has limited financial resources. She cannot afford to pay for the private, fee-for-service health care that’s available to Bernie Sanders and his affluent socialist devotees of Medicare for All.

When she was just five years old, Spangler emigrated with her family from Mexico to the United States to escape political corruption and, notably, socialized medicine. A member of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), Spangler was recently invited to share the stage with President Trump during his signing of an executive order designed to strengthen Medicare at The Villages, Florida.

Spangler related how she recently experienced heart issues and after failing a stress test and having an unsuccessful heart catherization, it was revealed that she needed heart bypass surgery. Just days after her diagnosis, she underwent a successful quintuple bypass procedure. Spangler said that she had opted to receive her care through the public-private partnership known as Medicare Advantage, (sometimes referred to as “Part C” or “MA Plans”), which, she said, allowed her to choose her doctor to get the care that she needed when she needed it. 

Ms. Spangler’s experience with her Medicare Advantage plan is one that is shared among millions of beneficiaries who chose to have their benefits delivered through this program that has elements of free market competition. Indeed, 24 million Americans are forecast to choose Medicare Advantage plans during this year’s annual enrollment period. However, this MA Plan option would be blown up if Sanders and other Democrat presidential hopefuls are successful in implementing Medicare for All.

Corey Spangler’s outcome under a Medicare for All scenario, on the other hand, would likely not have been so rosy. She would have had no choice, no competition and no timely medical procedures. And probably no success story for her to share. If implemented, Medicare for All could very well end up being Medicare for None.

Andrew J.  Mangione Jr is Vice President of the 2 million-member Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC).

Reprinted with permission from - Townhall

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JD Johns

When Comrade Bernie talks about Medicare for All, he’s talking about everyone except the politicians and other special people such as himself. These “special people” will receive their healthcare outside of the system that the rest of common “non-special” people will have to endure.

Linda

My only question is, when are people going to wake up???

CHERYL FITZGERALD

Vote:
President Trump 2020 🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸

J. FARLEY

WE MUST STOP AT ALL COST THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR MEDICAL SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY , THE MEDICAL SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY IS LIKE ANYTHING ELSE , WHEN YOU PUT LIMITATION ON IT IT BECOMES STAGNATE. IF YOU LIMIT THE BEST RUNNERS FROM ENTERING THE RACE THE OTHER RUNNERS WILL NOTE PREFORM AS WELL BECAUSE ITS ABOUT COMPETITION .
THAT WHY AMERICA HAS EXCELLED , WE ARE AT OUR BEST WHEN WE ARE FORCED TO COMPETE . I HAVE A PHYSICAL BARRIER
BUT COMPETED IN SPORTS SO AS TO IMPROVE MYSELF AND HAVE SATISFACTION THAT I DID MY BEST .

Patrick

What the socialist Dems who support Medicare for all want is their control and NOT what is best for all.

Terry Kubsch

Even if they did get Medicare for all, the Congress and politicians would simply do what they did with Obamacare – opt out of it. Congress is not suppose to put anything into law that they won’t be part of. All of these socialist need to go and live in a socialist country for at least 2 years. That will change alot of mind. Also fire any college professor who advocate socialism

Mike

Just another plan of the Muslim dictator in killing Americans.

RC100

Last sentence should read, “If implemented, Medicare for All will end up being Medicare for None.”

Wayne D Peterkin

Medicare today for seniors relies on a lot of private health insurance to cover what Medicare does NOT COVER, and that lack of Medicare coverage is a significant part of our healthcare costs! AMAC members generally know this, of course. I think the snake-oil promoters use the term “Medicare for All” for their socialized medicine proposal because to the younger folks, Medicare is wrongly perceived as low cost comprehensive health insurance for seniors, so why can’t it just be extended for everyone they ask? Most people under 65 don’t get the fact that we on Medicare depend on a lot of private insurance today, whether for Medicare Supplements, drug coverage, or Advantage Plans which are purely private insurance. That’s a fact. Now if these candidates are planning to cover ALL medical costs for everyone without any private insurance, that ain’t Medicare. That is something completely different as well as being… Read more »

Dr. Feelbad

Bernie will opt for us as Grand Whazeer Communist Commissar when deciding health care. Once he and his 5th columnist group of Americans decide how all aspects of health care will be delivered, decisions will be made by voodoo methods, one method being the throwing of small chicken bones into a tambourine and “reading” what it says to do. This is the state our health care system will be reduced to…………worse than chaos if you vote them in.

Bob

There is no such thing as a “free lunch”, unless you talk to a socialist. The only thing liberals do is blow smoke up your ass and tell you it’s sunshine. It’s hard to believe that there are people stupid enough to believe them. Socialist ideas have to be paid for by someone and that is all Americans if they are stupid enough to vote for socialists. If you want to work hard and then give away everything you have to the government, go to Cuba or Russia. VOTE TRUMP!

Ed J

There is no CURE for “Culpable Stupidity.” Bernie’s brain fart espousing “Medicare for All” (as he has outlined it) falls squarely under this category. While wanting medical care to be available to all is an admirable goal, the abject ignorance surrounding Bernie’s “fix” is abominable. Where is the critical thinking that analyzes a problem, collects all the facts, sifts and weighs those facts, evaluates possible solutions, and then come to a “considered judgment” regarding the issue? Bernie obviously has failed to go through this process on any meaningful level. The only common thread throughout his quest is simply and monotonously repeating his holy mantra of “Medicare for All” and his ranting about greedy insurance companies. He has presented NO reasonable foundation for putting forth his drivel. Equally frightening is that so many people seem to be buying into his nonsense. None of this bodes well for our nation if Bernie’s… Read more »

Ann

But how much did Corey have to pay for her By-pass since she has Medicare Advantage Plan. The article falls short of adding that bit of information. And, of course, Bernie was helped immediately with his medical problem. He’s well known politician with lots of money.

ahem tonto

Hypocritical politicos like Bernie Sanders, AOC, Elizabeth Warren, Obama, Clinton and other Socialist and Democrats are major contributors to the lies and misleading information regarding Socialized Medicine and the superiority they purport it to offer. Socialized medicine is the death knell of the superior healthcare America offers and gives the federal government control over the largest financial segment of our economy. When combined with the lefts desperate attempts to eliminate the second and first amendments they spell the eventual death of freedom for citizens. Socialism has never worked anywhere in the world and cannot and will not work in America. Too bad so many young uninformed and misinformed believe socialism has anything to offer that is good. It is not a social panacea. Ask them who will pay because their is not enough money in the nation to pay for free everything or even free anything no matter who you… Read more »

Ray

My friend in UK had a stent put in after a heart attack. Was determined he actually needed 3 stentS. He was sent home and has been waiting 4 months to have the remaining 2 stents placed.

Brenda Blunt

Socialize medicine is not the route to take.

Kim

Your wrong up to a point. Since Bernie is in the 1% of the wealthy or politically connected he would have received the best care any one of those countries had to offer.

Yvonne Norton

maybe this will give him a wake up call and might get him to drop this medicare for all .who knows maybe the Lord is giving him a wakeup call.

Ed Curtis

You have to forgive Bernie, senility is a sign of poor reasoning.

Stephen Russell

Like to see a Public/Private Medicare Corp with HC providers, plans, hospitals, devices, RX etc & price plans to compete for services.
Cut waste, abuse & costs.
Sample providers: Kaiser, Healthcare, Humana, USC Keck, UCLA, Cleveland Clinic etc
ALL RX sources, CBD etc.
The above I could do for Medicare for ALL BUT NOT AS is now.
Compete, price wars, rate wars.
Nationwide.
Funds , see CAGW.org