• Keyden Smith-Herold

'Medicare for All' Is a Violation of America’s Founding Principles

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Left) and Bernard Sanders (right), two 2020 Democratic presidential nominees in favor of 'Medicare for All'. | Photo: Shawn Thew

James Madison, founding father and president, once stated in a letter: “With respect to the words "General welfare" I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense, would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character, which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its Creators.”

Madison was essentially warning against potential federal abuse of the term “general welfare”. Even back in the early 1800’s, there were forces within the federal government which wanted to take over every aspect of people’s lives. Aspects that were (and still are) indubitably better left to the individual communities and states which locally govern our citizens.

The term general welfare originated in the Articles of Confederation, our nation’s first set of governing documents which preceded the Constitution. These original documents held a very limited meaning of the federal branch providing for the people. This means that when carried over into the Constitution, the original meaning of the term did not substantially change.

Our country has periodically forgotten— or blatantly ignored— the wisdom and intentions that our founders had for this great nation. The government’s powers have been so abused that we as a society have come to a place where we accept total and complete federal takeover in a plethora of areas.

Let’s take a look at the healthcare policy which has become mainstream in the Democratic Party for the 2020 election, a policy which is the antithesis of our founding values.

‘Medicare for All’ is a promise to provide free healthcare for all U.S. citizens, and even illegal immigrants as promised by some politicians. This proposal is a complete takeover of private insurance: a promise that will undoubtedly put our countries healthcare market into shambles.

Aside from the obvious fact that the policy inherently violates the principle of government overreach— Medicare for All would cost over $32 trillion.

Politicians advocating for this proposal are lying to the American public by telling them that their taxes will not go up. If all those with a 1% income were hypothetically taxed at 100%, it still would not dent the amount of money that this outrageous healthcare system would cost us.

Just look at our Veterans healthcare system. It is in shambles and completely broken. Twenty-two Veterans commit suicide daily and we as a country are barely doing anything to help prevent this heartbreaking reality.

If we can’t even get our Veteran’s system under control, what makes progressive politicians think that Washington can take care of— let alone afford— a healthcare system that would cover all citizens in the 3,007 counties in this country? It’s simply unrealistic.

For more evidence, simply take a look at a variety of European countries. There are outrageous wait times, extremely low-quality care, and a suffering industry because their governments are taking over the healthcare systems.

It is a progressive lie that places like Norway and Denmark are “socialist” and “successful”. These countries have a free market capitalist system with social welfare policies. These places are only able to work out their so-called “free healthcare” system due to extremely high taxes, high homogeneity (in terms of ethnicity and individual needs), and a much smaller population than that of the United States.

A better fix for the United States would be to get rid of excessive government regulations, help provide competition for lower drug and healthcare prices, and allow citizens to have a plethora of healthcare options at lower and lower costs. We need to bring healthcare back into the market— not let the federal government monopolize the healthcare industry by taking away private options.

‘Medicare for All’ and its pricey budget of $32 trillion every ten years would simply cause everyone (regardless of income) to have higher taxes, excruciatingly long wait times, lower quality, less price competition, and less drug research towards finding cures. It would be a total and complete disaster.

Worst of all, this policy is a gross violation of our founding principle to provide for the general welfare. ‘Medicare for All’ is simply a way for federal bureaucrats to give more power to themselves and take away power and control from the American people. Remember, those closest to their issues know best how to solve them— not Washington.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com