February 24, 2018

Bernie Sanders Introduces His Medicare for All Act

14 September 2017, 01:22 | Kara Nash

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More senators plan to co-sponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all bill

The Missouri Democrat made these comments before rumored high-profile Democrats, including U.S. Sen.

But he concluded single-payer would save money in other ways. "Single-payer, in which the government would pay for nearly all medical bills, "'is where the country has got to go, '" Sanders said in an interview at his Senate office.

"It seems that this complete government takeover of health care is becoming the litmus test for the liberal left", Barrasso said. As Bernie succinctly states, "As a patient, all you need to do is go to the doctor and show your insurance card".

Although the bill does not provide a funding mechanism, or even an estimated cost, Sanders said the average American family "will be much better off financially" under the system he is proposing than under the current health care system. Everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care, would be covered, with no co-payments. It would be phased in over four years. The time is now for a Medicare for All, single payer system. But it's seen as a symbolic step for Sanders and like-minded members of the Democratic Party. Ed Markey. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of OR all said they'll back the bill as well. It now has about 15 co-sponsors attaching their name to the legislation, including the party's reputed presidential aspirants. A full 56 percent of Democrats - and even 36 percent of independents - prefer a government-run system, compared to just 8 percent of Republicans. He suggests his state, California, and Washington could start their own single-payer system.

Long-term care, which Sanders had included in the version he unveiled during his presidential campaign previous year, will not be covered.

The support of one-third of the Democratic caucus in the Senate is a significant improvement for Sanders, who stood alone the last time he introduced a single-payer health care system in 2013.

Pelosi says President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is actually more comprehensive than Medicare.

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"Most of the party's congressional leaders and vulnerable Senate incumbents are steering clear" of endorsing the legislation, however, writes Politico's Elana Schor. What follows at the aforementioned website is a plethora of familiar Socialist talking points - millions of Americans still uninsured, the US spends more on health care per person than any other developed nation, and why can't the United States be more like the rest of the world?

In an interview, Sanders said Tuesday that his measure would likely be paid for in a "progressive way".

"Today, we begin the long and hard struggle to end the worldwide disgrace of the United States, our great nation, being the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all our people", Sanders said. "If we are going to say to those seniors who right now are facing a system which can not pay for the care they are scheduled to receive, that we are going to add 120 million more people, reminds me a lot that no one's going to lose their doctor and premiums are going to decrease by $2,500". "This reform will help us achieve universal coverage for everyone", Baldwin wrote.

"To my Republican colleagues, please don't lecture us on health care", Sanders roared to applause from the dozens of activists in the room. The government already guarantees health care to anyone over age 65 - that's Medicare.

Democrats who embrace single-payer are likely to see increasing attacks of this kind. The senator Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his Medicare for All bill this week, with a considerable number of co-sponsors. Can we take on the drug companies and the insurance companies and Wall Street and their unlimited sums of money to influence Congress? "But they are on the wrong side of history". Instead, Sanders's office released a set of "options" on how to finance a universal coverage plan. But he said Americans would benefit from an end to the endless wrangling they now do with insurance companies.

At least one good thing came out of that painful and prolonged national health care debate: a growing consensus among Americans that not only do they want the government involved in health care - they want the government more involved, not less. 'Your income went up - you can't get this. "Employers could be free to focus on running their business rather than spending countless hours figuring out how to provide health insurance to their employees". "Doctors are spending an enormous amount of time arguing with insurers'".

That makes today's unveiling somewhat incomplete, but as a practical matter, that probably doesn't much matter: with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, it's not as if "Medicare for All" is poised for legislative consideration anyway.

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