No need to over­sell

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

NOT LONG ago, U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Big La­bor) in­tro­duced his Medi­care For All bill, and thank good­ness it’s dead on ar­rival. Congress isn’t go­ing to touch it. The mas­sive thing would blow the na­tional debt to the moon. (The debt has al­ready reached the sky.) They say Bernie San­ders’ idea would cost more than $32 tril­lion.

Thirty-two tril­lion dol­lars.

On Wed­nes­day, we were sur­prised to see an op-ed from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in USA To­day talk­ing about the dis­as­ter that would be Medi­care For All. And while we agree with his sen­ti­ments, there was no need to ex­ag­ger­ate hor­rors about the idea. Suf­fice it to say that, in his op-ed, the pres­i­dent . . . over­stated things a bit.

The down­side(s) to Medi­care For All don’t need to be over­sold. And the prob­lems aren’t limited to the out­landish prom­ises Sen. San­ders makes. It’s their cost. Free col­lege would be a won­der­ful ben­e­fit to many stu­dents. But the cost to tax­pay­ers would not be. Free health care would also be a great ben­e­fit to many peo­ple. But the cost would not be. A free uni­corn with un­lim­ited wishes to ev­ery home would be amaz­ing, but . . . .

The price tag and higher taxes that would be re­quired to pay for Sen. San­ders’ plan are ag­gra­vat­ing fea­tures enough. There’s no need to cry “two wolves!” when one is stand­ing at the town gate. Vot­ers get it.

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