Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described “socialist,” is doubling down on his efforts to give federal officials total control over Americans’ health care.
If “Medicare for All” becomes law, however, that relationship will have to make room for a third party: Uncle Sam. And Uncle Sam will call the shots.
Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro is using his socialist country’s universal health care system as a political tool, ordering doctors to throttle medical supplies and withhold care from citizens who don’t vote for him.
On Thursday the House chamber voted in favor of H.524, the health insurance mandate, which in its current form does not have a financial penalty for not having insurance.
Social media companies have begun cracking down on anti-vaccine chatter between users of social media in response to a coordinated pro-vaccine campaign from health officials across the country.
The legislative rejection of the penalty tax would certainly show that even a left-leaning legislature has enough good sense not to lay new tax burdens on vulnerable working families.
The new health care mandate bill working its way through the Legislature would prevent association health plans and health care sharing ministries from counting as adequate health insurance.
Health-sharing is exempted from the “Obamacare” federal individual mandate to have health insurance. H.524 would eliminate that exemption.
“You obviously studied how many people would die as a result of a lack of access to health care,” Sanders said. “What kind of conclusion did you reach? How many thousands do you think will die because of massive cuts to Medicare and Medicaid?”
Over a hundred Democratic members of Congress, including Vermont’s Peter Welch, have joined in sponsoring a new “Medicare for all” bill even more sweeping that the one proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, is the chief sponsor, and the bill has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House. It mirrors a bill proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, last year.