False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All

False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All

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American health care is at a crossroads. Health spending reached $3.5 trillion in 2017. Yet more than 27 million people remain uninsured. And it's unclear if all that spending is buying higher-quality care.

Patients, doctors, insurers, and the government acknowledge that the status quo is unsustainable. America's last attempt at health care reform--Obamacare--didn't work. Nearly a decade after its passage, Democrats are calling for a government takeover of the nation's health care system: Medicare for All.

Supporters of Medicare for All assert the right to health care, promising universal, high-quality care to all Americans at no cost. With a sales pitch like that, it's no wonder the idea has broad support. Democrats, particularly progressive ones, hope to capitalize on this enthusiasm.

Here Sally C. Pipes makes a case against Medicare for All. Using evidence from government-run systems in Canada and the U.K. she explains how single-payer health care makes a litany of promises it can't possibly keep.

Between unpacking the plans under consideration in Congress--including the real costs behind the claims--and detailing the horrors of single-payer care in other countries, Pipes highlights how Americans actually fare better than their peers in Canada and the U.K. on health outcomes. Included are heart-wrenching stories of the human costs of free, universal, government-run health care systems.

Pipes concludes with her vision for delivering the affordable, accessible, quality care the American people are looking for.

Author: Sally C. Pipes
Publisher: Encounter Books
Published: 01/07/2020
Pages: 162
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781641770729

About the Author
Sally C. Pipes is president, CEO, and Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president of PRI in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada.