ThinkAdvisor has been running articles about a top Democratic contender’s support for a government-run, single-payer health care system that would outlaw private health insurance.
The candidate, Bernie Sanders, calls this system “Medicare for All.”
Is this system really Medicare for All, or something else?
What Sanders is actually proposing is Medicaid for All, but he’s afraid to say that, because of the connotations of the word “Medicaid.”
The original Medicare program covers only 80% of the medical bill. If we had original Medicare for all, that would mean that the individual would be required to pay the 20% unlimited coinsurance amount. Today, that 20% coinsurance bill can be paid with Medicare supplement insurance, or avoided with the use of a Medicare Advantage plan. Sanders, however, has proposed additional requirement that would eliminate the 20% out-of-pocket costs entirely. In other words, the benefits would look like Medicaid benefits.
On July 3, Sanders said that his plan will save money overall by lowering health care costs. For whom he never says.
Insurance companies all need to have reserves. Those reserves must be in compliance with state rules, or else the insurance companies cannot function.
So, where are the federal government health insurance reserves? Where will the money come from to fund this idea if there are no premiums?