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The March to Single-Payer Health Care (Guest: Dean Clancy)

August 25, 2021

The rise of socialism in America is pushing the nation towards a single-payer health care system. Here’s what you should expect.

Sen. Bernie Sanders lost the nomination for president, but the socialist-leaning independent’s sway is leading the nation into a single-payer health care system. Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee, giving him influence over Biden’s infrastructure bill. A huge chunk of Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill is massive spending on government-run health care, putting the nation on track towards a single-payer system. Notably, Medicare is on the block for expansion as it marches towards insolvability in 2026.

Sanders and company want to include Americans under the age of 65 on the senior health program that covers dental, health and hearing benefits, items which are already covered in part. AnneMarie Schieber and Dean Clancy, senior health policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity, discuss what these changes will mean to all of us, including big cost sharing for Part B premiums and payroll taxes. They also discuss why allowing Congress and bureaucrats to fix prescription drug prices Medicare pays for will restrict supply and put a huge dent in research and development. Down the line, what will it mean if Republicans win the House and Senate? This may not be the saving grace conservatives are hoping for.

Senator Bernie Sanders’ Trillion-dollar Medicare Heist, Americans for Prosperity:

A Personal Option for Health Care, Americans for Prosperity:


AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform. @HCPolicy
Dean Clancy is senior health policy fellow at Americans for Prosperity. @deanclancy