It is becoming obvious many want a Medicare or single pay system for everyone. This includes a sizable number of Congress. Maybe, as many as 100 members in the House alone. For these advocates of the single payer system, Medicare is cited as a government program both successful and popular.
Well, it is a far stretch to say Medicare is successful in terms of a well-managed program. Medical providers have learned to game the system. Powerful lobbying interest have learned how to rig the system. In fact, it is the bad influence of Medicare management that has brought us to health inflation today. Medicare itself, flirts with insolvency. The latest deadline is 2016.
The faulty policies of Medicare have been accomplices in much of the current fraud, inefficiencies, abuse, and corruption in medical services.