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Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers on "Medicare for All Who Want It"

September 22, 2009

Mark and Garland Nixon ask John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, about his single-payer health-care bill.
How ironic that the elderly are more opposed to “Medicare for All Who Want It” than young people! Because it is precisely young people paying into the system that would strengthen Medicare for those who have it now.
What do Canada, Australia, England, France, Germany, and Japan know that we don’t know? That single-payer is not only cheaper for everyone. It also provides better care. For everyone.

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  • Mark September 23, 2009 2:57 am

    I think Medicare is very safe in the short term/near future. It does face major fiscal shortfalls over the next 10 years if health insurance reform does not pass. However, if health insurance reform does pass, younger and healthier people will contribute to the system (and Medicare) and make it more fiscally sound, because they will pay the same premimus as the elderly but, on average, require less health care.
    How ironic for those seniors on Medicare who oppose Obama! Because it is only with reform that Medicare’s fiscal stability will be sustained into the long-term.
    And there is a real threat to Medicare’s long-term financial stability if a public option does NOT pass.

  • Sophie September 23, 2009 12:14 am

    Could Medicare become severely weakened or unable to continue as it has in the past, in the near future? What
    threats does the program face, short term?