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Medicare For All Argument Outline (Sample)

Students who take our introductory course will explore Medicare for All as a topic for their debates.  A sample of some of the basic arguments the students will be exposed to is here.

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Pro

*Premature death

*Pandemics/Superbugs/COVID-19

*Opioids (M4A solves root cause of opioid epidemic and private insurance encourages prescribing pain killers rather than surgery).

*Ethics

  • Moral responsibility for care
  • Equality 
  • (a) Race
  • (b) Gender


*COVID


*Health care costs

  • High salaries
  • Profits
  • Administrative overhead
  • No bulk purchasing
  • M4All reduces
  • Health care costs hurt the economy


*Economy

  • Health care costs reduce consumer spending
  • Reducing employer health care costs increases wages
  • M4All is a stimulus
  • Increased productivity
  • Job switching
  • M4All is an economic stimulus

Con

Collapse private insurance industry, massive unemployment from it

Tax increases bad

Reduce profits for pharmaceutical industry

Fraud

Hospital Collapse (reducing payments to hospitals collapses hospitals)

 — rural hospitals

 — urban hospitals

 — public hospitals

Debt/Deficit

Doctors quit

Brain Drain
— doctors quit, have to hire more foreign doctors
— increasing demand generally means more foreign doctors hired

Not enough space

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