Sanders out: What now for health and disability?

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It needs to be stated that this article only relates to healthcare and disability. These two issues are likely to be of great interest to those who have a disease, like MS, or have a disability.

It is written from Ian’s position as an independent and unbiased commentator. He is NOT American, he does NOT live in the US, and has NO vote in any USA election. And while his American wife Lisa really loves her country, she doesn’t like its politics or politicians – and has not registered to vote.

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Perhaps it is time to pay just a little attention to this year’s most important political event, the election to decide who will be president of the USA for the next four years.

I had already written a piece looking at the healthcare and disability policies of former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders as they were set to face each other in the remaining primaries.

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Joe Biden.

Then on Wednesday, Sanders announced he was pulling out – leaving Biden as the Democratic candidate to take on Republican Donald Trump in the battle for the White House. That election is on Tuesday November 3.

My readers tend either to have MS, are professionals treating or researching it, or are interested in the disease or some form of disability. Just the people who should be interested in healthcare and disability policies.

Healthcare

It should come as no surprise that Sanders had the most radical, far reaching, and most caring policy of all, but it is unlikely that Biden will adopt it as his own. While Sanders believed in Medicare For All, Biden seems to say ‘for all who want it’.

He says he wants a public option, but not ‘for all’. His idea is to keep private medical insurance, for those who prefer it, but to allow those who want to move to Medicare to do just that.

Sounds great? Everyone gets what they want? Maybe, maybe not. One source suggested that Biden’s plan would still leave about 12 million people uninsured.

Call me a cynic if you like, but I foresee a likely difficulty. And that is, with most of the fat cats in DC having private insurance, would they ever agree a large enough budget for Medicare to do its job?

Far better, in my view as an interested foreign observer with nothing to gain, is to put everyone on Medicare so the politicians need to ensure it has enough funds to meet all demands it faces.

Whether you thought Medicare for All was a dream or a nightmare, it has now gone. It is as dead as Bernie’s dream of ever occupying the White House.

Social Security Disability

As far as I can tell, Biden does not seem to have published a policy in this area but has said he wants to ‘protect’ SSD. I am not sure what that means, but the only thing I can infer is: no change, no improvement. Just more of the same.

I have my opinion but as I am not a US citizen, resident, or voter, that opinion will remain private. All I will say to anyone who is sick or disabled is, in November, to vote for the candidate and policies you believe in.

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Spelling

Please note that being born in the UK, all my posts, are written using British English spelling.

For example:

Centre                              not center (except in names, Centers of Disease Control)                  Colour                              not color                                                                                                                      Diarrhoea                       not diarrhea                                                                                                  Haematology                not hematology                                                                                Haematopoietic          not hematopoietic

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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. More recently, he was a freelance medical writer and editor for various health information sites. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.

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Note: Health-related information available on 50shadesofsun website is for your general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Ian is not a doctor, so cannot and does not give you medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues. Also, consult a doctor before starting a new diet or exercise programme. Any opinions expressed are purely his own unless otherwise stated.

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