Economics Professor: Medicare for all would save money

Gerald Friedman: Economics Professor

The Randy Tobler Show
October 15, 2019 - 9:13 am

Gerald  Friedman is an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and he joined Randy Tobler to discuss the affordability of Medicare for All. He says that Medicare for All would work, but "panacea is a strong word. But yes, it would save money and it would improve the quality of healthcare for millions of Americans."

Professor Friedman says he likes the plan proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders which would expand Medicare and ban private insurance, but "I don't like the idea of banning private insurance. I think that's not necessary"

Friedman continued, "if people want to have something other than what the government is providing for free, go ahead do it,  I don't care."

 "I want everyone to have access to healthcare.  Bernie's plan is best because it would provide comprehensive benefits to everyone."

"Eliminate the age requirement for Medicare and everybody could have the Medicare program that people have access to at the age of 65," says Friedman as an interim. "And that could be done very afforably."

Read more about Gerald Friedman's thoughts on Medicare for All HERE