The Medicare for All plan, recently announced in the House of Representatives, “will result in care for none,” according to Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., an anesthesiologist by profession. “If you like the DMV, you’ll love Medicare for All.”

Rep. Harris was joined by two other physicians who serve in Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., for the March edition of Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly question-and-answer session hosted by The Heritage Foundation.

The three congressmen told Heritage’s Rob Bluey, who moderated the conversation, what they thought about the plan, which would leave patients with little or no choice, less access to care, and long wait times. It’s also estimated $32.6 trillion over 10 years. They shared their vision of what health care in America should look like instead.

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Comments (28)

Greg Reed - March 8, 2019

Medicare and Medicaid currently pay at less then 50% of the actual cost of providing care. Most community and rural hospitals would be bankrupt within a few years if all of their patients were placed under that government program. Many physicians would leave practice in an industry already fraught with shortages in providers. Not a practical solution to our health care problems but another problem on a huge scale.

Randy Hagood - March 8, 2019

Tell all the bleeding heart democrats and republicans they are trashing our country. If they want to pass this crap, move back to their country of origin. We don’t need them here. Tell Trump next time he shuts down the government, suspend all Senate and Congress payrolls. I despise most politicians as a whole. They must learn to fix this country, not trash it. U people SUCK and need a reality check!!!!!

DAVID HEIN - March 8, 2019

Costs for drugs and medical devices, suggestion: Allow firms to charge whatever they wish, provided no one in any other country can obtain the same thing for less. Should result in other countries sharing the development costs with us.

Edward Gbel - March 8, 2019

Congressman, when you close your eyes for the last time and appear before God
and he says to you, ” Congressman/ Congresswomen/ Senator, what did you do to the babies that I created? Why did you allow 60 million of my babies to be executed?” What will you say to Him?

Bruce Hal Miner - March 8, 2019

How can we START to win the propaganda wars? 4Exampl-“vote Dem since the GOP will attack Social Security” when the truth is that every follow-up act that weakened the benefits to we who paid into it was intro’d by Dems? AND – why don’t we show the videos -on TV-of Pelosi et al advocating for a border wall etc Very frustrated!

Paddy Kilduff - March 8, 2019

I am very thankful for the Heritage Foundation. I believe that the Bleeding Heart liberals will get their 💩 handed to them!! I believe that most Americans see the truth about their actions 🙉🙈🙊!!

They are not helping! They are Hurting this Great Country 🇺🇸
God Bless President Trump 🙏🏻
He doesn’t need this job!!
He loves the American People and he Loves this Country!!!
We the people know that

Joe deco - March 8, 2019

Yes..if you don.t like our country go back where you came from. I am first generation American
From origin of Italy. I love the USA. The Democrats and Republicans in the house are pure
Hippocrits. They’re not for the people of Osgood old USA they are lost when they have to think period.

Colleen Ryan - March 8, 2019

Please tell all Republican Congresspeople that the Right is very angry with them for not supporting the President. What is wrong with them?

Elizabeth Lipscomb - March 9, 2019

Have you ever read the Constitution? Have you ever read what our ‘founding fathers had to say about the presence of God in our fouding?If you haven;t you should do that now!

Gregory Homyer - March 9, 2019

New Healthcare plans? All members of the House and Senate must also be be required to be covered under the same plans as the taxpayers. No more special plans for Congress.

Vickie Suarez - March 9, 2019

When a child is born alive after a failed abortion, it is left to die. The mother does not want the child. Right? So, let’s pass a law that allows those children to be adopted, right there on the abortion table.Care would be given or they would be transferred to a NICU until parents are able to adopt. Parents from a list of adoptive parents already approved for adoptions could be available to assign to each child. It could be called the Born Alive After Botched Abortion Adoption Act.

Nancy Baer - March 9, 2019

I despise the corruption and hypocrisy of the leadership in the Democratic party. It’s always been….for years! I was a Federal Regeional Manager for a multi billion dollar company in the 70’s and can assure you that their spending decisions and practices were filled with corruption.
I contend that the citizens should approve or disapprove of all spending. . Not Congress.! I cannot spend more money that I have in my checkbook …..and neither should the government (both state and federal).

Russ BARTMESS - March 9, 2019

Ask Leader McCarthy when and if the Congressional Republicans will develop a thoughtful program to communicate to the American people. Usually when Republicans are seen on TV, they are responding to initiatives or charges from Democrats. When will they go on offense and stand for something, anything?! Here’s a tip: Quietly hire Newt Gingrich to flesh out a strategy and tell the Republicans what to say; not make him the spokesman, but rather the behind the scenes strategist who guides them. There are some who have a clue (Jordan/Nunes/Meadows/Cheney and others) but there needs to be a unifying messaging emanating from all of the Republicans as a group.

Phyllis Eix - March 9, 2019

Didn’t we learn from the ACA, that having health insurance doesn’t mean having access to affordable health care?
Keep health insurance and health care in the free market, please.

T.A. Williams - March 9, 2019

This debate started innocently enough with the desire to make healthcare available to all. As a pediatric healthcare provider, I can tell you that has always been the case. Every week we see scores of patients in our ER with runny noses or fevers, using it as their primary care physician. Many of them are not able or do not intend to pay. Is this a perfect system? No. Is it the best in the world? Without a doubt! My question is, is it too late to derail this disastrous bullet train of thought?

Cindy Akre - March 9, 2019

I wish we would advertise, full page in newspapers, 1 minute spots on TV, with the truth of what Dems are doing lock step. They are not looking at what’s good for the people, just their party. They have the lockstep approach down pat. That’s not how you represent people; you must look at the credibility of both sides of an argument.

Ross Schriftman - March 9, 2019

The left talks about healthcare as a “right.” What about the right to be left alone and decide our own financial products? The government has no right to tell us what plans we should have. Government “experts” think they know better. American citizens are smarter than most politicians.

Ross Schriftman - March 9, 2019

The left talks about healthcare as a “right.” What about the right to be left alone and decide what we want as far as our own financial products? The government has no right to tell us what plans we should have. Government “experts” think they know better. American citizens are smarter than most politicians.

Robert D Selinger - March 9, 2019

Why not an ethics committee hearing for Adam Shiff and Jerry Nadler who work more with Russian connected folks, lie about everything and appear to be beyond oversite responsibility they claim they are merely doing. The Republicans in Congress need to step up and do the challenges that are needed.

William Coates - March 9, 2019

Congress has become a private club concerned primarily with remaining in office for life, or at least until their retirement is pretty fat. Secondary concern is being able to avoid responsibility for bad consequences of legislation. Personal corruption and private peccadillos are tolerated as long as the media don’t publicize them. Incumbents collect enough lobbyist money to discourage or defeat primary challengers.
Will any member of Congress ever be honest enough to reveal the rest of what Peter Schweizer dug up in ‘Secret Empires, since the media won’t? It will take a mole to do it.

alleen fish - March 10, 2019

Why can’t Representatives Omar and Tliab be ousted out if Congress. Tliab never lived in the district she was voted in and she has ties to Hamas and CAIR. Omar has ties to Hamas and CAIR and was married to her brother to deceive citizenship board. They are antisematic and are involved with fund raisers for the Brotherhood. This should be treason because they have no intension of supporting America. Omar has security clearance and was a plant to get information as to what our government is going to with the Middle East and other possible secrets. It makes me sick. I’ll bet if you checked voting records both these women won by cheating because not that many Somalies are citizens. There is also 2 petitions out there with over 300,000 signatures to get them out of Congress. So what is happening with them? What do we as citizens need to do to get them out. They are terrorists and have arrest records in past because of their violence.

Milo Gardner - March 10, 2019

Why did the new “Tax Cut” result in a Tax Increase for those on Social Security?
I did my taxes using both Turbo Tax and H&R Block software programs, and the result was the same. The calculated taxable amount was six times greater than in prior years. Also have heard complaints from other seniors about this. Is this in retaliation for calling for an end to taxing Social Security?

Frustrated an Citizen - March 11, 2019

Go back to your country. You don’t seem to appreciate liberty and prefer the bondage and prejudice of Islam. Wear your hijacks now!!

Don Baugh - March 11, 2019

We are very much against abortions especially late term abortions where babies are murdered. You should read your Bibles it tell us that God knew us while we were in the womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Isa 49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.
Psalms 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
And you who voted to pass laws that allow abortion will have to answer to God for your action unless you repent of that action.

JoAnn Memming - March 11, 2019

HR1. In section 1012, d it reads as though 16 year olds will be allowed to vote. Am I interpreting this correctly? I am a grandmother of 11 and know about them judgment of those kiddos, precious as they are.

Kathleen Cox Richardson - March 13, 2019

1. Make health insurance more affordable and portable, i.e. tax credit or tax deduction. Implement ability to buy it from other states.

2. Create more choices in Medicare.

3. Reform Medicaid.

4. Cover the sickest with a high risk pool.

5. Protect consumers – prohibit insurers from cancelling or charging higher rate when person becomes sick.

6. Extend Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) throughout entire system.

7. Reward health and wellness with lower insurance rates.

8. Stop health care fraud – go to e-system instead of paper-based system. Fraud costs $200 billion/year or 10%; credit card fraud rate = 0.1%.

9. Promote informed pts. through public service messages, literature, etc. Incentivize patients to become more informed, to question necessity of lawsuit-driven treatment.

10. Invest in research – medical breakthroughs, i.e. Alzheimer’s, alcoholism and other addictions, not just symptom care.

11. Minimize unnecessary government. mandates – i.e., costly, time-consuming paperwork and silly safety regulations.

12. Establish free or reduced pay medical clinics all over the country in centrally located places. This should help reduced the financial burden on ERs.

13. Cap frivolous lawsuits against doctors.
Kathleen Richardson – March 13, 2019

Rolly Dibert - March 15, 2019

Every member of Congress, Department Chief, and Federal Judge should monthly read Jefferson’s Declaration of July 4th, 1776. Because it lists the abuses of a large, distant, centralized, anonymous, unresponsive, punitive, confiscatory State: the British Crown. The King “has erected a multitude of new Offices, and sent to us swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out our Substance”. Sound familiar? Medicare, Medicaid, PACA, Dodd-Frank, IRS, Fannie Mae and SSA (among others) demand our most private and personal information. The Swarms of Officers can view, evaluate, store (? securely?) and distribute as they see fit. Are they accountable, efficient, ethical, non-partisan, helpful public servants? Are they devoted to our Health and Wealth and Privacy? For a good model of health insurance, healthcare, and ownership society, look carefully at Singapore. Also recognize that this small island nation: major seaport, multi-ethnic, successful, vulnerable in so many ways; they invite many expat workers, and know exactly who is in their country, and for what reasons. They also have zero tolerance for illicit drugs trade.

Deb Rickman - April 5, 2019

We need to have competition in the healthcare industry. My health care premium is 3 times the amount of my mortgage. It is like I own 3 homes ! What is upsetting me the most right now is the reparation tax being talked about by liberals. My ancestors fought in the Civil War against slavery! Do they get a pass?

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