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Flight Attendant President: We Support Medicare For All

Flight Attendant President: We Support Medicare For All
Jackie Reddy

The president of the Association of Flight Attendants has spoken in support of a “Medicare for All”-style healthcare provision. In comments made earlier this week, Sara Nelson said that healthcare has been a long-running sore point among union members, who have to trim member benefits to cut costs.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), has been outspoken in expressing her organization’s support for “Medicare for All”, The Hill reports. Seen as an alternative to the introduction of an Obama-style plan, this healthcare plan would essentially end the need for the provision of private insurers.

This style of coverage has received considerable support from certain members of the Democratic Party.

Speaking to Hill.TV earlier this week on the subject on behalf of the labor body’s approximately 50,000 members, Nelson said, “This is really something that is very unifying for union members across the country and for all the people that they care about who are not union members and don’t have access to the same health care.”

She also explained that healthcare has been a long-standing sore point among union heads, who have sometimes been forced to slash member benefits in order meet the cost of coverage.

Nelson added, “Union leaders are coming back and saying, ‘hey, our companies are saying they can’t afford this health care where do you want to take the cost cuts,‘ and continued on by saying, “Do you want to take it in the premiums, do you want to take it in the deductibles… so the discussion is always around how are we going to minimize the damage of it being eroded.

[Featured Image: Hill.TV]

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  1. usmc

    August 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Hmmmmm, wonder how should we pay for it? She has been working for the airline to long, no concept of how business works. The airlines have never been a profitable business!!! I guess she is ok with bankrupting the country like airlines seem to always do.

  2. am1108

    August 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    And yet the airlines are making record profits every year….

  3. JackE

    August 17, 2019 at 2:35 am

    It’s been said that if you think medical care is expensive now, wait until it’s free.

  4. celsius1939

    August 17, 2019 at 4:43 am

    The woman is an absolute idiot. Does she not know what kind of medical care they have in Canada and the UK? The union should be more careful of who they elect as president.

  5. Oxnardjan

    August 17, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Sounds good on paper, but try using it. Great if you live in a Metropolitan area, it you live in a less populated area the wait times for care are not good. Limited care and you will need a costly supplemental policy. I doubt if this would be feasible. Of course the unions are all for it, they aren’t paying for it, unless you count the Lobbyist fees.

  6. 6P&E

    August 17, 2019 at 6:54 am

    “Do you want to take it in the premiums, do you want to take it in the deductibles..”

    Medicare for All will simply take it in your paycheck with higher payroll taxes. Healthcare is never going to be free for most of us.

  7. johnwb

    August 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Canadian here. The overwhelming majority of Canadians support our single payer system. Same goes for other countries with universal coverage; UK, France, Germany, that bastion of capitalism Switzerland. Australia, New Zealand. Heck even Costa Rica. If things were as bad as people say the good folks in these countries would try to change them. But they aren’t, so they don’t.

    That’s not to say we don’t have problems. Long wait times are a big issue in Canada, but it’s mainly because people are seen and treated according to priority, not according to who can pay. For this reason many choose to go south to avail themselves of immediate care in the US. In a similar way as Rand Paul came to have his surgery done in Toronto. People travel both from and to the US for medical treatment, for a variety of reasons.

    Of course every right-wing pundit will have the one anecdotal horror story about Canadian health care. But look at the stats – we have a higher life expectancy than the US, with roughly similar outcomes across the board, and we do it all at less than half the cost.

    You in the US are free to choose whatever system works for you – I really don’t care. But I say to my American friends be wary of listening to the uninformed idiots who malign other countries health care without really knowing what they are talking about.

    Please note: I’m not trying

  8. greytop13

    August 18, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Thank you, johnwb!

  9. UAPremierExec

    August 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    … and enrollment in Canadian medical programs is at an all time low. In fact, many Canadian clinics are having to staff from 3rd world countries. *friends from said 3rd world countries are working in said clinics.

    And this isn’t coming from Fox News. I work for a Canadian company, and went to the ER for an issue – they told me my best bet was to fly home for treatment! Imagine that one… the wonderful Canadian health care system, telling me to go to America, for treatment!

  10. UAPremierExec

    August 18, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    edit: enrollment in Canadian medical schools and programs

  11. fotographer

    August 19, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Really.. tell me how we are going to pay for it?
    and dont forget… freeeee college for all too…

  12. jamar

    August 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Weren’t those tariffs on Chinese products supposed to be raking in tons of money?

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