The corporations fighting against Medicare for All are powerful and well funded. Drug makers, insurance companies and private hospitals have banded together, calling themselves the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future. Spending a combined $143 million last year lobbying lawmakers to oppose Medicare for All, this club includes the American Medical Association, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Yet more doctors now support Medicare For All even if it means slightly lower salaries. A registered Republican working at a gene-sequencing firm told Vox that despite growing up a conservative, he never imagined supporting potential “government largess” like Medicare for All. But now he’s convinced that a single public payer is needed.
Private payers make life virtually impossible for smaller providers because they’re in the for-profit game, he said, putting up “an endless set of traps against reimbursement, contracting and other parts of the revenue life cycle that add substantial cost to services and thus increase cost to the consumer.”
Medicare for All would bring reliability and consistency to the current health care mess. Lower prices for our health care will follow.