Bernie Sanders has a healthcare plan for the US

By Larry Beinhart

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during an event to introduce ‘the Medicare for All Act of 2017’ on Capitol Hill in Washington, US [Yuri Gripas/Reuters]Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during an event to introduce ‘the Medicare for All Act of 2017’ on Capitol Hill in Washington, US [Yuri Gripas/Reuters]
(Al Jazeera News) Bernie Sanders has a healthcare plan. It’s a form of single payer healthcare. It’s a confusing term. It means a single collector of funds, the government, which then becomes the single payer for services and materials involved in healthcare. Bernie calls his version “Medicare For All”.

Medicare started in 1966. It’s a mandatory insurance programme designed to primarily cover people over 65. American healthcare has been cobbled together out of a series of historical accidents, the influence of financial interests, and attempts to cover real need. One result was that most healthcare was an employment benefit. The standard retirement age is 65, so that became the entry point.

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