On today’s Daily Daily Caller Podcast, we talk about the wet blanket tossed on the idea of “Medicare for All.” Bernie Sanders wants socialized medicine in the United States but refuses to say how much it would cost, so a libertarian think tank decided to run the numbers and they are huge.
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Of course, liberals immediately expressed outrage over the $32 trillion price tag, accusing the Mercatus Center of corruption because they’ve received money from the Koch network. But the left-wing Urban Institute ran the numbers a few months back and came up with the same thing. This exposed a truth liberals don’t want people to know — socialism is incredibly expensive, “free” is never free.
But it’s not just the cost in dollars, it’s the cost in quality and access. Price controls and rationing care are the only tools a government has to control costs in socialized medicine. Are Americans willing to give up access and accept long wait times in the name of the “cause”? No one wants a hip replacement surgery because they have nothing better to do on a Tuesday; they need one because they’re in pain. Would they accept a six-month wait to get it done “for justice”?
Also, two CNN personalities were perturbed about who was called on by President Trump at his joint press conference with the Italian prime minister Monday. Jeff Zeleny and Wolf Blitzer complained that the two American questioners didn’t ask about the Russia investigation and Michael Cohen, issues that don’t rate at all with voters in the latest Gallup poll. Instead they asked about the president’s government shutdown threat an the possibility of Trump meeting with the leaders of Iran.
After complaining, both Blitzer and Zeleny admitted those were valid questions on important issues, thereby negating all of their complaints. Still, they whined that CNN’s narrative had not been fed because “journalism,” or something. We play the audio.
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