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Old 02-20-2019, 10:14 AM
 
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Nabilah Islam, a Georgia State graduate and Democratic activist, will announce her candidacy Wednesday with pledges to back “Medicare for all” and a $15-an-hour minimum wage and reject corporate money. The child of Bangladeshi immigrants who worked low-wage jobs to support the family - her father was an IRS file clerk and mother flipped burgers at a fast food restaurant - Islam said her background will resonate with people in the fast-changing district, which includes large swaths of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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If someone with the last name Islam can win Gwinnett and Forsyth counties... we've come a lot further than I think we have!
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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If someone with the last name Islam can win Gwinnett and Forsyth counties... we've come a lot further than I think we have!
So very true. Regardless of her name, Medicare for All and a $15 / hour minimum wage will not presently be supported in Forsyth County, I fear.
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Old 02-20-2019, 12:36 PM
 
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I am okay with Medicare for all as long as people have a way to pay for it. It took us a lifetime of hard work and annual contributions to get there.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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I am okay with Medicare for all as long as people have a way to pay for it. It took us a lifetime of hard work and annual contributions to get there.
I wonder how many people who have insurance would actually prefer Medicare.
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Old 02-20-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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I wonder how many people who have insurance would actually prefer Medicare.
Eegad. If it less than $2,200 / month I'll sign up!
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:00 PM
 
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We can fight it all we want and hem and haw over it, but many people in the medical field believe that the only possible solution to the coming implosion in the insurance sector is a single payer program. It's getting so complicated and so expensive that it's seen as the only possible outcome in future decades.

Among the many reasons are it's the only true way to get a grip on pharma costs. A single payer program would be a monopoly and would therefore be able to more or less set drug prices. If a medication is not on the formulary, it may as well not even exist. No more $300 epipens. The single insurance plan would be able to say, "we're giving you $10 per epipen, and if you don't like it, I guess you're not selling any epipens."

Anyway, Medicare for All may or may not be an ideal solution, but be that as it may, it's pretty much inevitable.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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I am okay with Medicare for all as long as people have a way to pay for it. It took us a lifetime of hard work and annual contributions to get there.

I'm pretty sure there is a way to pay for it. Whenever there is this war and that war, they always seem to "find the money."
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:51 AM
 
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We can fight it all we want and hem and haw over it, but many people in the medical field believe that the only possible solution to the coming implosion in the insurance sector is a single payer program. It's getting so complicated and so expensive that it's seen as the only possible outcome in future decades.

Among the many reasons are it's the only true way to get a grip on pharma costs. A single payer program would be a monopoly and would therefore be able to more or less set drug prices. If a medication is not on the formulary, it may as well not even exist. No more $300 epipens. The single insurance plan would be able to say, "we're giving you $10 per epipen, and if you don't like it, I guess you're not selling any epipens."

Anyway, Medicare for All may or may not be an ideal solution, but be that as it may, it's pretty much inevitable.
The problem with single payer is that if the medication isn’t on their formulary you are out of luck and out of pocket. I have a relative in Canada who spends over $1000 a month in medication not covered for her MS.

But for the average person universal coverage and single payer works well. As long as everyone pays for it. Not free via credits to lower earners. Even if $10 a month everyone needs to pay.

I’m personally a proponent of the public/private Australian system. Everyone gets a basic level of coverage that their Medicare taxes pay for, and if you want more/better/quicker you can get private insurance (usually employer provided as a benefit).
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:54 AM
 
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I believe prescription drugs are not covered by the Canadian system. You need separate insurance.
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