Dr. Deane Waldman

Health Care

Why Are We Still Discussing Debunked Medicare-for-All?

With the midterm elections on the horizon, some gubernatorial and state congressional candidates are advocating Medicare-for-All, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sander’s universal health care legislation. Even some candidates in traditionally red states are touting “free healthcare.” But the candidates dance around Medicare-for-All’s two fatal flaws: its astronomical price tag and inevitable worsening of the doctor shortage. Medicare-for-All claims...

November 2, 2018
Health Care

Personal responsibility added to Medicaid builds on previous welfare reform

In the run-up to President Bill Clinton’s transformation — not simply reform — of welfare, opponents predicted dire consequences such as people dying in the streets of starvation, low-income families driven deeper into poverty, low-wage individuals, especially single mothers, never finding jobs, healthy children turned sickly and driven into foster care. These warnings made great headlines, sold...

August 16, 2018
Health Care

Medicare for all is a socialist’s dream — and an American nightmare

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over a top House Democrat in a New York City primary, the left was elated. “Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work in the Midwest — with a Rebrand,” declared New York Magazine (a somewhat dubious authority on what can work in the Midwest). Its reasoning? Ocasio-Cortez’s “Medicare for All” plan polls well. “Both Medicare for All and single-payer...

July 28, 2018