Judging from the sharp decline in job approval ratings for President Trump, the Democrats will present fierce opposition in 2020. However, a recent wrinkle in a liberal pet project may have overturned this surefire forecast: universal healthcare.
According to fresh political-sentiment surveys, support for universal healthcare, or “Medicare for all,” slipped to 50%. In the same survey conducted a month earlier, support remained relatively healthy at 56%. That such a sharp, notable erosion occurred within only 30 days is quite remarkable.
Furthermore, the broader context speaks volumes. Peak pain from the government shutdown occurred in January. This was also the time when the federal government forced its employees to work without pay. Certainly, sentiment towards “free” benefits would increase during severe hardships, not decrease.
Yet survey respondents answered decisively and unequivocally. Last month, opposition to universal healthcare measured 29%. This month, the metric spiked to 38%, or a 31% magnitude increase.
Again, we’re talking about an extremely short timeframe, and under duress. So what caused this dramatic shift? According to Yahoo Finance’s Rick Newman, people calculated the math on so-called universal healthcare. Turns out, universal healthcare is no longer a universal sentiment.
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Most of us have been told at some point in their formative years that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. That aphorism is absolutely spot on. Someone always has to pay. With Medicare for all, that burden belongs to you, the taxpayer.
For starters, the government doesn’t have a special fund to bankroll this ambitious project. That we’re knee-deep in a national debt that measures $22 trillion represents the first clue. But to put the staggering cost of Medicare to the quantifiable realm, we’re talking a massive $3 trillion annually.
That money has to come from somewhere. Invariably, if the Democrats want to impose their Medicare dreams (nightmare), they must gouge the taxpayer. Partially, this is one of the driving forces behind the “tax the rich” initiative. They magically believe that the affluent will foot the bill.
Of course, the problem as I’ve explained earlier is that the rich don’t pay taxes; at least, not the way we think about it. Members of this privileged class pay the least in taxes because they generate true wealth through investments and entrepreneurship.
As is always the case in life, those that can least afford it must sacrifice the most. Knowledge translates to genuine power.
But the good news is that leading Democrats, such as Senator Kamala Harris, are still gung-ho about Medicare for all. Good for her, and good for you. If these survey results are anything to go by, we’ll have conservatism last us at least another term.
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