If Medicare Is for All, Why Not Chevrolets for All?

THE DAILY SIGNAL, by Elad Vaida / /

“Why do we think it would be ridiculous for the government to mandate which cars we must drive, but not which health insurance plans we must choose?” writes Elad Vaida. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

America suffers from a grave societal ill that somehow has been totally ignored.

As debate rages about health care (among other hot-button issues), no one is discussing a very alarming statistic: As of 2015, nearly 10% of U.S. households didn’t have a car.

That’s a severe problem, because affordable transportation is a basic human right, and not an issue for car companies to profit from greedily.

Millions of Americans are living without cars, and the only way to remedy that is by implementing a national, government-funded “Chevrolets for All” plan that would put a Chevy in the garage, driveway, or parking lot of every single adult American.

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Of course, under this plan, millions of Americans who already own cars will have to give them up, and start driving government-provided Chevrolets. Sure, that might seem unfair, but why should some people drive limousines while others have no cars at all?

If this proposal sounds absurd, consider the health care debate. Although no prominent liberal wants to take away your Lamborghini (yet), they have no problems taking away your private health insurance plan.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., have both admitted their plans would abolish private health insurance. Harris had originally opposed private health care, then flip-flopped twice. Sanders’ “Medicare for All” bill now has 14 co-sponsors in the Senate.

Vox assures us the bill won’t “actually abolish private health insurance,” but would simply outlaw “health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this act.” But that’s like Henry Ford’s famous quip: “A customer can have a car painted any color he wants as long as it’s black.”

Considering what Vox called the extensive “benefits provided under this act,” it would leave little ground for private health insurance to cover.

There are many valid reasons to oppose a single-payer health care system. It would lead to a drop in quality, long waiting lines, and an astronomical rise in the national debt totaling tens of trillions of dollars.

Yet, rarely do we hear opponents of Medicare for All claim that it’s immoral because it would restrict consumer choice.

Why do we think it would be ridiculous for the government to mandate which cars we must drive, but not which health insurance plans we must choose? Why is one tyrannical, but the other fine?

Proponents contend that because health care is literally a matter of life and death, it should be considered in a category all on its own, separate from consumer goods, such as cars, computers, or phones. But it still potentially could open the floodgates to government intervention in every aspect of our lives.

Following their logic, why shouldn’t the government determine where we work, for example? Isn’t earning a living a life-or-death issue as well?

The rise in support for Medicare for All is alarming. Less than a decade ago, the media ridiculed conservatives who warned that Obamacare would lead to a single-payer system. Now, conservatives are mocked for warning that Medicare for All will push the country toward socialism.

The left is now openly advocating policies that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. It’s time to recognize that we’re already on that slippery slope, and that we must stop the descent before it’s too late.


Commentary By

Elad Vaida is a writer in Washington, D.C., whose work has appeared in The National Interest, American Greatness, and The New Lyceum. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s program in Middle Eastern Studies.

One response

  1. Interesting analogy, and raises valid questions about relation of individuals to the state, and how (and whether) government and private sector should partner with each other. However, analogy breaks down in several key ways: 1) Americans do not spent $3.5 trillion annually on Chevrolets, 1/6 of GDP. 2) Americans do not pay twice the price for their Chevrolets as other OECD consumers pay for theirs. 3) Congress has not passed a law constraining the government from “negotiating” a fair-market price when it purchases Chevrolets. Please don’t be so quick to blow-off the insidious effect of no health insurance – death, disability, bankruptcy, etc; see my post: http://fixushealthcare.blog/2018/05/06/reframing-healthcare-reform-cost-benefit-systems-engineering-both For more discussion, visit FixUSHealthcare.blog (Feel free to take on the claims – a good debate!)

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