Medicare for All?
Written by Chris G. Dalrymple D.C., F.I.C.C.   
Sunday, August 19, 2018 07:44 PM

Some political analysts are once again promoting universal health care as a basic human right.  One article notes that the “ultra liberal” Alexandria Oasis-Cortez who ran on a platform promising paid family leave, Medicare for All, a universal government jobs guarantee, justice reform to “demilitarize our police,” and abolishing ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office,  who beat 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in a New York City district, was decisive proof: the Democrats’ path to victory requires exciting their base with a bold, fearless agenda that includes Medicare for all.  

Democrat analysts note that his strategy proved successful for Ben Jealous, who won a competitive primary for Maryland governor, and candidates like Kara Eastman, who won her primary against a former congressman in Nebraska.

Medicare for all has been touted by medical professionals, business leaders and health care economists for a variety of reasons.  They opine that it would help drive down costs, eliminate administrative waste, increase transparency, bring down rising drug costs, and ease the costly burden of health insurance from businesses and individuals.  And, beyond the benefits of the policy, they claim it is a winning political strategy.  They note that Democrats need to do more than just point fingers at Republicans and claim they’re destroying the ACA. Candidates need to make Medicare for all a central part of their platform. 
This message draws a clear line in the sand as they claim "Republicans want to strip you of your health insurance, while Democrats want to offer low-cost, universal coverage. It’s an endorsement of universal health care that doesn’t waffle, and isn’t complicated.”
Democrats promote Medicare for all as not difficult to understand, and notes that it sells itself on its merits. It appeals to patients drowning in medical debt, doctors and medical professionals buried in paperwork, workers who are shouldering more of their premium costs, and business owners who year after year are forced to devote more resources to keeping their employees insured.
It excites a group of younger voters, who strongly support it, and it shows that a candidate is willing to take on special interests on behalf of their constituents. Voters want to hear a positive message around health care and  recent polling data revealed that “preserving health care” is the top voting issue for Americans.  
Democrats, analysts theorize, can be the party offering a bold and viable solution. They need to tell voters how they’re going to make things better, how they’re going to defend health care as a basic right, and how they’re going to create a new system that better serves the needs of patients, workers, small and mid-sized businesses, and the economy. They need to really differentiate themselves from the Republicans and show that they speak for people first, not the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
Once again it may be that health care will be in the center of politics in America.  The new popular mantra may become “Medicare for All.”  Chiropractic needs to prepare for a future potentially guided by “Medicare for All”