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Health care and insurance industries mobilize to kill ‘medicare for all’


Pending Deletion
Mar 14, 2006
Now all of a sudden everyone loves ObamaCare (ACA) now that they couldn't kill it and it's successor is waiting backstage. Big pharma and the big health insurance companies see an existential threat that must be squashed and NOW. No doubt they will deploy the usual scare tactics they tried successfully with HillaryCare and unsuccessfully with ObamaCare. Expect new and inventive scare tactics backed by hundreds of millions of dollars.

WASHINGTON — Even before Democrats finish drafting bills to create a single-payer health care system, the health care and insurance industries have assembled a small army of lobbyists to kill “Medicare for all,” an idea that is mocked publicly but is being greeted privately with increasing seriousness.

Doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurers are intent on strangling Medicare for all before it advances from an aspirational slogan to a legislative agenda item. They have hired a top lieutenant in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign to spearhead the effort. And their tactics will show Democrats what they are up against as the party drifts to the left on health care.

They also demonstrate how entrenched the Democrats’ last big health care victory, the Affordable Care Act, has become in the nation’s health care system.

The lobbyists’ message is simple: The Affordable Care Act is working reasonably well and should be improved, not repealed by Republicans or replaced by Democrats with a big new public program. More than 155 million Americans have employer-sponsored health coverage. They like it, by and large, and should be allowed to keep it.​

“Insurance companies are fighting it because they are afraid of the prospect of a potent new competitor that will cut into their profits,” Mr. Higgins said. “Medicare has lower administrative costs and lower executive salaries and could use its bargaining power to get better deals from hospitals and other health care providers.”

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Jul 23, 2008
United States
Obamacare was the only real option left to save the insurance industry in its present form. Without it the old system would have probably collapsed. That is my opinion at least.

I think if these companies were to embrace a Medicare for all system, they would probably find lots of opportunities to make money. They are just clinging to their old business models, without considering how the world is changing around them and what they can do to adapt to this new environment. That is also my opinion.
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