Medicare for all is already unpopular and will become more so if Democrats pass it anyway

The Week:
Opposition to Medicare-for-all would only grow during a general election campaign, as Republicans target "socialized medicine" with $1 billion in negative advertising. The ads write themselves: long wait times to see doctors, 30 percent cuts in payments to doctors and 40 percent to hospitals (figures straight from ­Bernie Sanders' plan), hospital closures, and rationing. But let's say Warren wins the election anyway. In a sharply divided country, could Dem­o­crats ram legislation through Con­gress that mandates a 65 percent hike in federal spending, $3 trillion in new taxes, and a revolutionary upheaval in an industry affecting the well-­being of every Amer­i­can? Without Re­pub­li­can votes, Dem­o­crats would own the new health-care ­system — and get full blame every time people were unhappy with their care. A traumatic transition period could trigger the Mother of All Backlashes, more punishing than the Tea Party backlash to Obama­Care that cost Dem­­o­­crats both the House and the Sen­ate. Never mind, say the purists who disdain an optional, "Med­i­care for those who want it" plan as too incremental — despite polls showing this alternative has 75 percent support. Who needs public sentiment when you are certain the public is wrong?
And is anyone going to believe Biden when he says "If you like your plan, you can keep it."  That is a repeat of the lie of the year by Obama in pushing Obamacare.


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