The simple answer is no, it will not work in America. There are a lot of reasons that Medicare for All would not work in America.
First, the lobbying power alone of the health insurance industry would be enough to kill any effort by Congress to even consider it.
Second, the federal government has proven it is either unable or unwilling to control the waste, fraud, and abuse that has plagued the current Medicare program since its creation in 1965.
Third, Americans just do not have enough faith in the government to put it in charge of something as important as their healthcare.
Medicare for All would blast the National Debt ceiling off
It would also add to the national debt, which is already way out of control, and Americans are already past the burn-out stage on taxes, which would have to be increased exponentially to pay for the program.
This does not mean that Americans are completely satisfied with the current state of healthcare in America, even though there are number of polls out there that suggests they are.
There are huge problems with the current state of healthcare in the United States, but American citizens would much rather have the current system fixed than toss it out and exchange it for a government-run program.
Putting government bureaucrats in charge of your healthcare
Americans and healthcare professionals are already frustrated with health insurance companies dictating to doctors and patients what kind of care they can and cannot have, now imagine a government bureaucrat dictating your healthcare, that is the kind of stuff nightmares are made of.
The Medicare for All plan that Bernie Sanders is proposing would allegedly provide comprehensive coverage to everyone, including illegal immigrants, and would eliminate copays, premiums, and deductibles.
The only part of his plan that sounds good to anyone is the elimination of copays, premiums, and deductibles, everything else about his plan would be a complete disaster for most Americans.
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New York Times. “Even if Sanders Wins, Medicare for All Almost Certainly Won’t Happen.” March 10, 2020.
CNN. “What ‘Medicare for All’ means, politically and practically.” July 2, 2019.