When former President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi were selling Obamacare to the American people, they promised that “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.” They broke that promise and families across the country had their insurance premiums skyrocket for plans they didn’t want and lost the doctors they trusted.
Pelosi Democrats are at it again. There is broad support in their party for a government-run healthcare system that they call “Medicare-for-All.” Under this plan, there would be one healthcare option run by the federal government. Every American who has employer or union sponsored healthcare would be forced off of their current insurance and into a one-size-fits-all plan. No more options, no keeping your doctors.
A government-run healthcare plan would also cost the American people an arm and a leg. The cost of such a plan has been estimated at a whopping $32 trillion. If you doubled taxes on every person and business in our entire country, that still wouldn’t cover the bill.
Over half of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one third of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate are cosponsors of “Medicare-for-All” legislation. Many of the Democratic presidential candidates also support this proposal or similar ones like a “Medicare Buy-In” or “Public Option.” Regardless of what you name it, all of these plans move our country towards a socialist healthcare system.
People will wait longer and pay more for lower quality care. That is unacceptable and we won’t fall for it again. The American people aren’t buying their lies and they don’t want to buy their government-run healthcare plans.
Healthcare coverage decisions are for patients to decide, not the federal government. “One-size-fits-all” works for rain ponchos, but it doesn’t work for healthcare.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) represents the second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached through http://mullin.house.gov, and at 3109 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK, 74401, 918-687-2533 or 202-225-2701