Bernie Sanders Medicare For All

Yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders steered the Democrats from defense to offense in the health care debate. Republican set to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in a Republican-controlled Congress, tried and failed. It looked as though the fight was over and everyone gave up.

Yesterday, Senator Sanders introduced his “Medicare for All” bill, a single-payer health care proposal.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Sanders wrote, “A half-century ago, the United States established Medicare. Guaranteeing comprehensive health benefits to Americans over 65 has proved to be enormously successful, cost-effective and popular. Now is the time to expand and improve Medicare to cover all Americans.”.

Although the bill in its current form doesn’t look like it will pass, it’s definitely a good opening bit.

Here’s a summary of the proposed bill.

  1. It’s single-payer, meaning the government will pay. Not insurance companies
  2. The plan is essentially an expansion and overhaul of Medicare
  3. It would eliminate deductibles, co-pays, and premiums.
  4. Private insurance companies wouldn’t be a part of Medicare, as they are now
  5. It’s a four-year roll out. Medicare expands to 55 the first year, 45 the next, 35 the following, then everyone the fourth year
  6. The plan covers dental and vision as well
  7. This is how he proposes we pay for it

Simplifying healthcare would lower administrative costs, making health care much more efficient.

 

 

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