Bernie Sanders reacts to Obama’s State of the Union speech

I agree with Senator Sanders. I, too, get nervous when President Obama talks about working with the Republicans to reform Medicare. I’d much prefer him to work with progressive Democrats to reform Medicare. For instance, Medicare should be allowed to negotiate drug prices with its suppliers. Medicare might want to consider stopping the 15% premium above its own costs that it pays to private insurers to get them to do Medicare’s job in the program called Medicare Advantage. (I am subscribed to the program, and I appreciate the meager extra benefits I get for that 15%. However, in all honesty, it is probably a waste of money for the government to give such a subsidy to the private insurance companies. It does provide proof that the government run system is more cost-effective than what the private insurance industry is willing to do.)


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