Medicare for Everyone?

It finally happened. A member of Congress has introduced a Bill designed to expand Medicare to almost everyone.

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) has introduced a Bill that would allow Medicare to provide comprehensive health insurance for all U.S. residents. The idea is to build on the very successful Medicare program that already covers more than 55 million people as an effecient way to bring America in line with most other developed nations in providing taxpayer-funded health insurance for everyone.

Chances of passage? Close to zero. But that shouldn’t deter those of us who now believe that Medicare for all makes so much more sense than the hodgepodge of various plan options now available, including the remnants of ACA (a/k/a Obamacare).

A close look at other options offers no meaningful improvement. Indeed, Republicans still don’t even have an actual replacement plan for the ACA that they have promised to repeal.

No matter what replacement is chosen, one huge obstacle remains to universal coverage: COST. Who’s going to pay?

If anything, the ACA experience should have taught us that you cannot legislate responsibility. Ultimately, the only viable solution is to effectively force all Americans to participate in a one-size-fits-all option, and Medicare seems the best vehicle.