What Buttigieg proposes is not Medicare for All Who Want It. He would continue to force taxpayers to participate in Medicare whether they want it or not, and ultimately would eliminate all other health‐insurance options.
The public debate over how to protect patients with expensive medical conditions is so muddled and uninformed that sometimes President Trump’s critics end up matching his ignorance and muddle‐headedness.
The proposed Part D redesign and subsidy cap are steps in the right direction. They would not impose price controls; they would encourage insurers to drive harder bargains with drug manufacturers, to the benefit of taxpayers. They would not increase taxes; they would reduce wasteful Medicare spending and the burden of government by a projected $85 billion over 10 years.
Supporters of a public option don’t want open competition. They don’t want to give you just one more choice. They want to destroy private insurance. They want a public option to be your only option. They want you to have no choice.
Conservatives who argue Medicare should not pay less than it currently does for drugs need to address the paradox inherent in their argument that, in order to restrain government and have a free economy, government must spend more.