Mitch McConnell’s Lie-Filled Attack On Medicare For All Draws Cheers From For-Profit Hospital Industry

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Above Photo: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Mitch McConnell, CC BY-SA 2.0

Senator McConnell’s call on the hospital industry to descend on Washington, DC to lobby against improved Medicare for all shows that he sees the power our movement is building. The reality is Medicare for all will be a good thing for hospitals because funding will be much simpler and more reliable. Hospitals spend a lot of money on administrative costs created by the for-profit insurance industry. They have to check to see that procedures are covered, keep detailed records of spending and fight with insurance companies to get paid. Under a single payer system there will be global budgeting for hospitals. This means hospitals will get a quarterly check to cover the costs of care. The bureaucracy shrinks to almost nothing and hospitals will be able to spend more money on medical staff, nurses and assistants. And, for rural hospitals or those in poor urban centers where we see hospitals closing, global budgeting will allow hospitals to operate successfully and provide easy access to healthcare for those that have no access now.

Today, Senator Sanders will introduce his new Medicare for all bill. Among the previous sponsors are several presidential candidates, Sanders, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren. According to the Sanders press release from the last bill: “The Medicare for All Act of 2017 establishes a national health insurance program called the Universal Medicare Program. Under this legislation, every resident of the United States will receive health insurance through an expanded Medicare program with improved and comprehensive benefits.” He also published “Options to Finance Medicare for All.” KZ

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell drew applause from leaders of the hospital industry on Tuesday morning as he called on those who profit from the nation’s broken healthcare system to…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell drew applause from leaders of the hospital industry on Tuesday morning as he called on those who profit from the nation’s broken healthcare system to swarm Washington, D.C. to thwart the growing momentum of Medicare for All.

Denouncing the program as a “radical scheme,” McConnell told the American Hospital Association (AHA) that their help is needed on Capitol Hill to defeat the increasingly popular idea.

“This radical scheme would be serious bad news for America’s hospital industry,” McConnell told the gathering. “You should not be the guinea pigs in some far left social experiment.”

Although Republicans continually portray Medicare for All as an untested, experimental system, universal healthcare is a well-established program in dozens of developed countries around the world.

McConnell also referred to the program as “Medicare for None,” claiming it would “hollow out the [Medicare] program until there’s nothing left but the label.”

“Single-payer would be an expansion of Medicare to Medicare for All so how would that hollow it out?” one critic responded on Twitter.

The GOP leader ended his speech by calling on the hospital officials in the room to descend on Washington, D.C. to pressure lawmakers into opposing Medicare for All plans like the one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is expected to introduce Wednesday. McConnell later took to social media to warn that Medicare for All would “slap a $32 trillion tab on Americans” in its first decade—leaving out the fact that the current system is projected to cost as least $34 trillion over the next ten years.

Sanders’ bill is the latest version of the proposal he introduced in 2017 and is expected to largely call for an elimination of the for-profit insurance industry and coverage for nursing homes and other long-term care, which are not currently covered by Medicare.

McConnell’s attack on Medicare for All drew applause from the AHA, which opposes a single-payer system because of fears it would reduce payments that are made to hospitals.

On social media, some critics slammed McConnell for simply offering a new version of the Republican Party’s 2017 attempt to repeal the ACA without offering a healthcare plan to replace it.

McConnell stayed away from the anti-ACA rhetoric President Donald Trump has continued to use, focusing instead on the perceived threat of Medicare for All to the hospital industry, as 70 percent of Americans—including more than half of Republican voters—support the proposal, according to polling by Reuters.

  • timmfr30

    mitch the fucking traitor

  • il corvo

    And what type of health care does Senator McConnell and all other hypercritical senators get?

  • Pat moore

    McConnell should give up his free healthcare and buy on the market.
    His philosophy demands it.

  • chetdude

    We don’t have the checkbooks that the remedial sick care industry does but we have the numbers.

    10 real humans sitting on the democrats strongly advocating for HR1384 in the House for every one of those paid lobbyists from the industry should do the trick.

  • Roland Petit

    With a name like “Mitch” he seems so
    chummy, he’s probably in reality a really nice guy NOT.