Kamala Harris’ healthcare plan has dropped, and it’s basically Medicare-for-all in 10 years, paid for by taxes on those making more than $100K and Wall Street transactions. It also allows private insurers to offer plans.
It seems like a reasonable plan, as do most of the others on offer by the many different candidates. But, as far as I’m concerned, the best thing Harris has said about healthcare is her response when asked how Democrats would pay for it:
Where was that question when the Republicans and Donald Trump passed a tax bill that benefits the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country?
As soon as a Democrat proposes a healthcare plan, the media expects them begin a thought experiment in which they transport themselves to a special place east of the sun, west of the moon, north of Endor and south of Narnia, where their plan is adopted verbatim. Then they’re supposed to have instant answers to technical questions, and take the heat for any possible bad outcomes.
When Trump opens his gaping maw to sputter out a lie about healthcare, the same media just fucking nods their heads.
Any response from a Democrat on healthcare has to start with pointing out that whatever their plan says, they won’t be trying to take insurance away from Americans, as the Republicans have tried to do, again and again, for the last decade.
In short, “we’re going to cover more Americans and make it more affordable – details to come” should be a good enough “healthcare plan” when the other side is making little or no effort to do anything but prop up an expensive system that doesn’t work for a whole lot of people. Yet we’re starting down a path where we’re going to get wrapped around the axle of the little details of what Biden wants versus what Bernie wants versus Mayor Pete, etc.
Am I the only one who thinks this is a damaging waste of time?