FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Medicare for all faces two major obstacles: high costs and public opinion.
"Medicare for All is definitely a hot button topic out there today and we wanted to provide an opportunity for people to come together to hear Dr. Walker provide some information some facts about what Medicare for all possibly means and why it may be important for us to think about that direction with our healthcare system today," organizer Maureen Leuger said.
Dr. Jonathan Walker is a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan and a clinical faculty member with The Indiana University School of Medicine.
"The perception is that if everyone gets on Medicare, it's going to raise taxes and it will be super expensive, but actually each one of us spends a huge amount of money that we're not aware of. We pay for our for profit insurance through our employer, we pay copays and deductible and the idea behind Medicare for all is to take all that money maybe going to businesses and shareholders and bring it into the healthcare system," Walker said.
Elaine Fazzaro is a retired registered nurse who came to the discussion curious to hear different perspectives on the topic.
"When you get into healthcare, you don't know what anything is going to cost. You do know it's going to be outrageous. Would you go into a car dealership and say ‘I need a car’, and they say ‘This is the car you need and this is the one you're going to get. Don't ask us what it's going to cost you. We'll send you the bill in three months,’ would you buy a car that way?," she asked.
While the proposed expansion isn't too popular with politicians it has support from constituents. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey from January found 56% of Americans support medicare for all.
Others in opposition believe it would be too expensive to do.