Dinner Table Politics: Medicare, Woodward, and the White House Bachelor

The latest episode of Dinner Table Politics is online!

Abby and Jim ask the question: Is Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All!” proposal a good idea? (Spoiler alert: no.)

Also, Bob Woodward’s latest book calls to mind “Bobby B’s” Watergate history, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” comes under fire for helping to create the divisions it seeks to expose.

Plus – Arthur the Aardvark’s sister D.W. needs to tell us what her initials stand for, and a White House version of The Bachelor is an idea whose time has come.

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One thought on “Dinner Table Politics: Medicare, Woodward, and the White House Bachelor”

  1. Hi Jim, I like your Dinner Table Politics format. I moved to Canada 4 yrs ago and have a good perspective on both medical systems. Unfortunately I’ve had extensive experience w/ both and see the flaws and advantages of each. (I’m actually on a short medical leave at this very moment) I’m a bit confused as to your comments regarding the tremendous increase to the federal budget to accommodate the single payer system. Why wouldn’t the increase be offset by the transfer of private insurance premiums to the medicare accounts payable? (aka: taxes) By removing the middle-man aspect & profit components (aka: insurance co.’s) there should be parity, if not an actual surplus. In a single payer system, the bottom line to the tax-payer would be far more advantageous that the current US model. My Canadian taxes are less that 3% higher for comprehensive medical care, but without deductibles, co-pays and premiums, I am literally thousands of dollars ahead. You do make a couple of fair points regarding reduced physician compensation and innovation incentives, however both of those avenues could be addressed w/ collaborative due diligence. There isn’t enough room in this chat-box to compare all the pro/con details (of which there are many) but I would like to conclude that, having thorough experience in both systems, the Single Payer structure is a significantly better system that the US model, if for no other reason than it removes completely the financial concept completely from the patients medical decision making process w/ no loss of quality of care. Happy to discuss the gory details, but for now, I wish you & your family the best. Cheers! -don kushner

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