After months of irrational dickering on the streets, in Town Hall Meetings and in Congress, it’s encouraging to hear the buzz that’s growing about Medicare E (for everyone). Yet, I’m concerned that the term “Medicare E” could simply rebrand a weak “public option” instead of actually open Medicare coverage to everyone.
Every American needs health care. We don’t avoid obtaining medical care because we enjoy being sick and look forward to dying early. And average Americans can’t afford to continue to enrich the health insurance industry that rations and denies us health care to increase profits.
Medicare for All or Medicare E would be paid for by our tax dollars and be open to everyone. Dear TeaBaggerPatriots, don’t worry! You’ll still be able to buy your private health insurance. But, thanks to some recent bi-partisan efforts, your private health insurance providers may be forced to offer you more competitive plans.
In related news, there’s movement in Congress toward stripping the health insurance industry of its federal anti-trust exemption. This is also very encouraging and long overdue. In the Huffington Post, David Espo wrote:
If enacted, the change would put an end to “price-fixing, bid-rigging and market allocation in the health and medical malpractice” insurance areas, said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Two of the strongest Congressional proponents of Medicare for All are Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). You can check their websites for up-to-date information on the legislative process.