Universal health care is a great idea – in theory.
Of course, taxes must be raised if everyone is going to be cared for by daddy government.
2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may want to learn from what is happening in Finland.
Because their government just collapsed due to the rising costs of…wait for it…universal health care.
From Free Beacon:
The government of Finland collapsed Friday due to the rising cost of universal health care and the prime minister’s failure to enact reforms to the system.
Prime Minister Juha Sipila and the rest of the cabinet resigned after the governing coalition failed to pass reforms in parliament to the country’s regional government and health services, the Wall Street Journal reports. Finland faces an aging population, with around 26 percent of its citizens expected to be over 65 by the year 2030, an increase of 5 percent from today.
Sipila’s reforms “intended to remove power from the 295 municipalities that currently oversee health and social care, and place responsibility within a leaner, more efficient system of 18 elected regional authorities,” according to the Journal. The prime minister also wanted patients to be able to choose from a range of public and private providers.
There’s probably a very, very decent chance that Ocasio-Cortez will run for president in 2024 – even if Democrats somehow manage to defeat President Trump in 2020 and have an incumbent seeking re-election.
During a recent interview, socialist filmmaker Michael Moore suggested amending the Constitution so Ocasio-Cortez could run for president before the age of 35.
Ocasio-Cortez believes President Trump is a racist.
Ocasio-Cortez: “The president certainly didn’t invent racism, but he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.”
“When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s, it’s night and day.”
Ocasio-Cortez wants to be known as a “radical.” She made that clear in her “60 Minutes” interview.
AOC: “You know, you look at our tax rates back in the ’60s and when you have a progressive tax rate system, your tax rate, you know, let’s say, from zero to $75,000 may be ten percent or 15 percent, et cetera. But once you get to, like, the tippy tops, on your 10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 or 70 percent. That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate, but it means that as you climb up this ladder you should be contributing more.”
It is going to be a long two years covering Alexandria.
She’s young. She has ideas.
Unfortunately, she’s too young to understand that her ideas are ridiculous.
Alexandria claims the Pentagon lost $21 trillion.
$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.”
$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T.
That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.
And that’s before our premiums. https://t.co/soT6GSmDSG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 2, 2018
There’s a huge problem with AOC’s math:
Wow. You claim $21 Trillion in Pentagon Waste? The entire Pentagon budget from 1789-2018 has totaled $18 trillion,
Come on, This is embarrassing. https://t.co/ezdhqWQFyc
— Brian Riedl (@Brian_Riedl) December 2, 2018
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