HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Editorials & Other Articles (Forum) » The way forward is *Medic... » Reply #25

Response to ehrnst (Reply #24)

Wed Dec 2, 2020, 11:01 AM

25. I used Statista for Medicare 61 million and Medicaid 75 million, and the VA Healthcare 9 million.

Yes, some are probably on 2, but not 3. If a veteran is in the VA healthcare system they may also be on Medicare, but would not need Medicaid. The free clinics and hospital are partially paid for by the county and the free clinics are partially staffed by volunteers. My VA doctor retired and is now volunteering at a free clinic. I found that 12 million people are on both Medicare and Medicaid so the total would be 133 million or 40% of the population. Also, 2.2 million veterans and their families are on VA Tricare. It is hard if not impossible to find out how much single-payer would cost the government since all groups seem to use different numbers to come up with the total. Leaving out the fringe groups it seems to be between savings of $600 billion or an extra cost of $500 billion. I am not an economist but it seems that much of the savings comes from cutting out the middleman, insurance companies. I don't know what companies would do if they did not have to pay insurance companies. Since they are not altruistic, I don't know how many would increase what they pay employees. It is my personal belief that it can be done without raising taxes on the lower or middle class and not a large increase on the upper class.

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 26 replies Author Time Post
Budi Dec 2020 OP
sheshe2 Dec 2020 #1
questionseverything Dec 2020 #3
Budi Dec 2020 #7
questionseverything Dec 2020 #11
not fooled Dec 2020 #14
George II Dec 2020 #17
ehrnst Dec 2020 #19
Budi Dec 2020 #4
Cha Dec 2020 #2
Budi Dec 2020 #5
Cha Dec 2020 #6
Budi Dec 2020 #8
Cha Dec 2020 #12
gab13by13 Dec 2020 #9
Budi Dec 2020 #10
LudwigPastorius Dec 2020 #13
SunSeeker Dec 2020 #15
brer cat Dec 2020 #16
Gothmog Dec 2020 #18
marie999 Dec 2020 #20
ehrnst Dec 2020 #21
marie999 Dec 2020 #22
ehrnst Dec 2020 #24
LineLineLineLineLineNew Reply I used Statista for Medicare 61 million and Medicaid 75 million, and the VA Healthcare 9 million.
marie999 Dec 2020 #25
ehrnst Dec 2020 #26
betsuni Dec 2020 #23
Please login to view edit histories.