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Bernie vs. Corey and the Socialist Nightmare of ‘Medicare for All’

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This article originally appeared on Townhall on October 19, 2019.

While campaigning in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders experienced chest pains, his presidential campaign staff reports. What happened next is really quite remarkable.

He was transported to a nearby hospital within an hour of presenting with symptoms, placed on a priority list due to his condition and then treated by the best physicians, nurses, technicians in the world using the most advanced equipment available. During the procedure, two stents were inserted into his cardiac arteries to relieve blockage. Best of all, his prognosis for recovery is excellent.

Thank goodness his health scare did not happen in Cuba. Cuba does not have the equipment or skilled physicians to perform the procedure he had undergone at the hospital in Nevada. In Venezuela’s socialist hospitals, he’d be confronted with shortages of safe blood and often electricity. If he’d availed himself of Canada’s socialized health care, he’d find himself waiting for cardiac surgery. Even as an ordinary fellow in Western Europe, he would have been transported to a state-run facility without specialists available to treat his emergency condition. The outcome for him there probably would have been as grim as he would have experienced in Cuba.

The rest of the world just can’t compare to the United States for medical care, particularly when it comes to treatment for heart attacks and other cardiac procedures. Ironically, Sanders was saved by the very health care system he despises. In fact, he wishes to dismantle it and replace it through his socialist “Medicare for All” scheme.

It’s also well worth noting that Sanders is very wealthy and has the means to pay cash for just about any medical procedure that he desires anywhere in the world.

The difference for Corey Spangler, like so many Americans, is that she has limited financial resources. She cannot afford to pay for the private, fee-for-service health care that’s available to Bernie Sanders and his affluent socialist devotees of Medicare for All.

When she was just five years old, Spangler emigrated with her family from Mexico to the United States to escape political corruption and, notably, socialized medicine. A member of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), Spangler was recently invited to share the stage with President Trump during his signing of an executive order designed to strengthen Medicare at The Villages, Florida.

Spangler related how she recently experienced heart issues and after failing a stress test and having an unsuccessful heart catherization, it was revealed that she needed heart bypass surgery. Just days after her diagnosis, she underwent a successful quintuple bypass procedure. Spangler said that she had opted to receive her care through the public-private partnership known as Medicare Advantage, (sometimes referred to as “Part C” or “MA Plans”), which, she said, allowed her to choose her doctor to get the care that she needed when she needed it. 

Ms. Spangler’s experience with her Medicare Advantage plan is one that is shared among millions of beneficiaries who chose to have their benefits delivered through this program that has elements of free market competition. Indeed, 24 million Americans are forecast to choose Medicare Advantage plans during this year’s annual enrollment period. However, this MA Plan option would be blown up if Sanders and other Democrat presidential hopefuls are successful in implementing Medicare for All.

Corey Spangler’s outcome under a Medicare for All scenario, on the other hand, would likely not have been so rosy. She would have had no choice, no competition and no timely medical procedures. And probably no success story for her to share. If implemented, Medicare for All could very well end up being Medicare for None.

Andrew J.  Mangione Jr is Vice President of the 2 million-member Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC).

Andrew Mangione is Senior Vice President for AMAC’s advocacy affiliate, AMAC Action. He leads AMAC’s grassroots efforts, represents AMAC’s membership in Washington, D.C., and helps chart the association’s policy course. He also serves as a national spokesperson.

Reprinted with permission from - Townhall

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c logan
1 year ago

I know of three physicians that are refusing insurance. I paid cash for a no-mesh hernia repair then submitted to my insurance company and my out of pocket was less than if I had used my insurance, oh, and would have had to have mesh used. Some physicians are charging a once yearly fee for unlimited visits…. now that is medical care I like!

1 year ago

I am 66 just trying to figure out Medicare Abcd. It is so confusing as well as costly. Both my husband and I work, however, the school I taught in closed as did the meat market he worked in. New jobs don’t pay as well. It is difficult to pay living expenses in MA and now costly Medicare. Where is a person to live?

Keith H
1 year ago

I bet that dried up old commie didn’t pay one dime towards his heart attack !!! Filthy Bum !!! Been living off of us all his life !!! Take him and stick him up Coreys backside !!! Put that freak show in the Circus.

Jan Schilling
1 year ago

I am 82…and in very good health. I watch what I eat, work out three times a week at a Fitness Center, paid for by United Healthcare/Medicare Complete Insurance. They have stood beside me in the last 10 years with fixing a serious problem with my stomach, Right Knee replacement, Left Hip Replacement and a Shoulder problem. I waited no days for any of them. I received the best surgical and nursing care at local hospitals, and they put me back on my feet! Medicare for All, means Medicare for none!

1 year ago

America had the very best healthcare in the world and it was affordable for most….Obama decided that it was broken and he had to fix it! Well, spare me the time to discuss the adverse outcome of what was supposed to be an affordable plan (Obamacare) and coverage for everyone…..Well, that is if you did not want an uninsured penalty. DIDN’T WE LEARN ANYTHING ABOUT THIS DISASTER? Bernie Sanders will not be able to sustain Medicare for everyone….we will have some kind of universal coverage but it will not be Medicare as we know it…AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR ANOTHER DISASTER???
Will someone kindly tell Bernie Sanders and his ilk to sit down and be quiet? Thanks…We have had enough in this country of big mouth, hot air, millionaires telling us what we need and want.

1 year ago

It appears that neither party is going to bring up a bill to address medical care until after the 2020 election? In the meantime, if you are working & your employer provides health insurance good for you

Carol M.
1 year ago

Common people are blinded to the truth of this story.

The OLD Warhorse
1 year ago

Medical Care in the United States is the worst in the world except for all the other countries.

1 year ago

If congress has to use Medicare for all and pay big taxes (90% are Millionaires) the program won’t last more that three weeks

1 year ago

I also have a Medicare Advantage plan and I was on their HMO before I turned 65. I knew the plan and liked it very much. It covers everything I need.
I still have to pay for it. Medicare for All will be tax money on top of everything we pay; a Huge tax bill, then they will tell the doctors what they can do. Seniors may be limited as to operations, Drugs will be limited also. I like the freedom to choose my own plan. The government has no business telling my plan what it can do for me.

f. L. Anderson
1 year ago

Why didn’t he go to Cuba or Venezuela? Phony liar.

1 year ago

one can see what side your on, with this suggestive article.

ahem tonto
1 year ago

Hypocritical politicos like Bernie Sanders, AOC, Elizabeth Warren, Obama, Clinton and other Socialist and Democrats are major contributors to the lies and misleading information regarding Socialized Medicine and the superiority they purport it to offer. Socialized medicine is the death knell of the superior healthcare America offers and gives the federal government control over the largest financial segment of our economy. When combined with the lefts desperate attempts to eliminate the second and first amendments they spell the eventual death of freedom for citizens. Socialism has never worked anywhere in the world and cannot and will not work in America. Too bad so many young uninformed and misinformed believe socialism has anything to offer that is good. It is not a social panacea. Ask them who will pay because their is not enough money in the nation to pay for free everything or even free anything no matter who you tax or how much you tax them.

Ed Curtis
1 year ago

You have to forgive Bernie, senility is a sign of poor reasoning.

1 year ago

Bernie is a alof. Corey Booker just one con artist, that robbed the residence of Newark.

1 year ago

There is no such thing as a “free lunch”, unless you talk to a socialist. The only thing liberals do is blow smoke up your ass and tell you it’s sunshine. It’s hard to believe that there are people stupid enough to believe them. Socialist ideas have to be paid for by someone and that is all Americans if they are stupid enough to vote for socialists. If you want to work hard and then give away everything you have to the government, go to Cuba or Russia. VOTE TRUMP!

1 year ago

My friend in UK had a stent put in after a heart attack. Was determined he actually needed 3 stentS. He was sent home and has been waiting 4 months to have the remaining 2 stents placed.

Dane francis
1 year ago
Reply to  Ray

Is he still alive? If so that’s more than what 30’000 Americans can say (annually)

Brenda Blunt
1 year ago

Socialize medicine is not the route to take.

Yvonne Norton
1 year ago

maybe this will give him a wake up call and might get him to drop this medicare for all .who knows maybe the Lord is giving him a wakeup call.

1 year ago
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1 year ago
Reply to  Yvonne Norton

Unfortunately that will never happen

1 year ago

Last sentence should read, “If implemented, Medicare for All will end up being Medicare for None.”

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