The Democrats are doomed, the top two Democrat candidates signature legislation " Medicare for all" simply stated has no math that can be done to pay for it.
Their slogan will be "you cannot keep your doctor nor can you afford them anymore. ...because you will be dead broke.
So you have made this groundless assertion that:
...no math that can be done to pay for it.
Yet we have the example of every other developed nation in the world that provides even better care for all of its citizens for far less money. Here is my suggestion for you @Finfinder Finfinder. Why don't we ask them how they do it?
Maybe they don't allow drug companies to charge 10 times as much for insulin in the US as these same companies do in Canada. Or maybe they realize that with Medicare you do not have to go to your family doctor and pay for that to get a referral to the specialist you already know you need. Or maybe they pay for preventative care for everyone rather than wait until the patient is devastatingly and expensively ill. Or maybe they don't spend over 20% of the cost of health care on third party administrative costs. Or maybe, since everyone is covered, people do not have to go to very expensive emergency rooms for minor illnesses.
If you want to argue that medicare for all is not the way to go I am with you. It is simply the art of the doable. I would join with you in calling for universal single payer health care. That is better than medicare.
Outcomes in the US are pretty bad compared to other countries and downright awful for the uninsured and under-insured.
Here is a quick note about "keeping my doctor". It is a manufactured load of bullshit in about 90% of cases. Here is why:
Under out current system the average family practice doc must have about 1500 patients just to get by. Many in groups have far more. This is far from an optimum number.
And you think, because you see him once or twice a year that he "knows" you? He is looking at the computer before he enters the room just to see who the hell you are. His knowledge about your physical conditions, unless you are being treated for chronic illnesses, is only what you tell him and he can read on the computer.
His ability to diagnose illnesses frequently requires that he refer you to a specialist who you may see only once or twice. That specialist is not "your doctor" unless you require ongoing and extensive treatment.
You present to your family doc with a cough that has gone on for a long time. He listens to your lungs which really tells him little and refers you to doctor two:
He reads your PA and Lateral Chest and sees a radiopacity. He does not know if it is cancer for sure but it may be so he recommends another test.
He may see you to tell you that some additional looks are required and send you back to the radiologist:
He looks at your CAT scan and determines that you probably have cancer and reports to your doctor.
Breaks the news to you that you probably have cancer and refers you to a surgeon. (If you are lucky.)
He meets with you and tells you what he proposes to do to remove the tumor. You agree and he schedules surgery.
The hospital doc's. One or two hospitalists. (One to three residents, several interns.)
These manage your intake and recovery.
He does the surgery.
He also does your surgery making sure you don't feel it and since it is lung surgery being particularly careful.
He looks at your tumor and decides what it is.
He tells you (thank God) that he thinks he "got it all" but that you should see and oncologist. (If you haven't already seen one who worked with the surgeon to decide treatment.
He meets with you and recommends chemotherapy.
The chemo nurse
This is the person who administers all of the chemo treatment. You will get to know her if you are treated at a small enough practice.
You have finished treatment so he "follows" your case. This amounts to sending you back to the radiologist periodically for followup scans.
He sends the results to your oncologist
Lather rinse repeat.
The point is that US health care does not actually work like most people think it does.
But at the end of the day, under our current system, medicare recipients have far better choice of their practitioners than do those with private or supplemental insurance. Why? Because currently 81% of US family practice docs take medicare.
You see Finfinder? It is not at all like most people think.