Health Policy Expert: Sanders' 'Medicare-for-All' Plan Will Lead to Rationed Care, Waiting Lists
Sitting down with Mark Levin, author and health care policy expert Sally C. Pipes dispelled some common myths around single-payer health care, pitched as "Medicare-for-All" by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended the proposal at a Fox News town hall event last month. He acknowledged that people will pay more in taxes, but the "overwhelming majority" will pay less for health care because they will not be paying deductibles or co-pays to a private carrier.
He likened his health care proposal to the way other countries provide education.
Pipes, author of "The False Promise of Single-Payer Health Care," said under Sanders' plan, doctors would be paid 40 percent less than they get paid for treating patients currently.
She pointed to an estimate by the American Association of Medical Colleges that by 2030, there will be a shortage of 126,000 doctors in the United States.
"The best and brightest kids have always gone into medicine in this country. If they think they're gonna be civil servants, paid 40 percent below, are they going to go into medicine too? This is a very important point," she said, adding that the elderly will be most affected by rationed care and waiting lists under a government-run system.
Levin noted how much money and years of studying it takes to become a doctor.
"Then you're gonna tell them at the end of the process, you're basically working for the government - either directly or indirectly - and we're gonna cap your income, we're gonna control your life," he said, predicting such a system will lead to fewer doctors and more people expecting care.
Watch part of the interview above.