There’s a phenomenon we’ve seen with the environmental
movement. People get all excited about green power initiatives like windmills,
but when the idea to build a wind farm or some such environmental innovation
near them, these same people cry, “Not in my backyard!”
We’re starting to see the same thing with this insane
Medicare for All proposal, one that folks like Bernie Sanders love to tout. On
its surface, the idea gets pretty high levels of support, but the AP is
reporting that when those surveyed consider the impact, that support drops noticeably.
The poll found that Americans initially support “Medicare-for-all,” 56 percent to 42 percent.
However, those numbers shifted dramatically when people were asked about the potential impact, pro and con.
Support increased when people were told “Medicare-for-all” would guarantee health insurance as a right (71 percent) and eliminate premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs (67 percent).
But if they were told that a government-run system could lead to delays in getting care or higher taxes, support plunged to 26 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Support fell to 32 percent if it would threaten the current Medicare program.
Oh, the idea of solidifying health care as a right is a popular
thing, and folks love it when you dangle the idea of no premiums in their face.
But when you start talking about raising their taxes, they’re all, “Not in my
Everybody seems to want a benefit – something for free. But
nobody wants to pony up to pay for these benefits. It’s always some other
person who should have his or her taxes raised.
I’ve said it before, but there’s a quote from Margaret Thatcher
that rings true time and time again: “The trouble with Socialism is that
eventually you run out of other people’s money.” Ridiculous and unfeasible ideas
like Medicare for All sound enticing in theory, but when you start talking about
how to pay for them, you run into problems.
Nobody wants their taxes raised – that’s for the other guy. But
give me free stuff! This mindset is one of the most dangerous and pernicious
things we’re seeing in America today, and these politicians who come up with
pie-in-the-sky concepts like this one are only making things worse.