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FOCUS: Bernie Sanders to Unveil Updated 'Medicare for All' Proposal Wednesday
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47281"><span class="small">Jessie Hellman, The Hill</span></a>   
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 10:42

Hellmann writes: "Sanders's bill would largely eliminate private insurance and institute a single-payer system managed by the government."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)

Bernie Sanders to Unveil Updated 'Medicare for All' Proposal Wednesday

By Jessie Hellmann, The Hill

09 April 19


en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will roll out an updated version of his "Medicare for all" plan Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

Sanders, who is again seeking the Democratic nomination for president, will unveil the bill alongside Senate co-sponsors, some of whom are also candidates for president.

Sanders last introduced the bill in 2017, with support from presidential candidates Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

A spokesperson for Booker said he would again cosponsor the bill, but Gillibrand, Harris and Warren's offices did not reply to requests for comment.

Sanders's bill would largely eliminate private insurance and institute a single-payer system managed by the government.

The updated version will also include long-term care, such as nursing homes, which is currently not covered by the Medicare program.

Home and community based care which also be covered.

Medicare for all, and its embrace by some 2020 candidates for president, has been highlighted by Republicans and President Trump, who argue the Democratic Party is moving toward socialism.

Harris faced criticism when she said earlier this year about private insurance "let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is also running for president, has not backed Medicare for all, and supports proposals that would create a Medicare public option, allowing individuals who aren't yet 65 to buy into the program.

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+11 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-09 14:34
Go Bernie, GO.
+13 # Carol R 2019-04-09 15:04
Of course the GOP liars would say that Medicare for All is 'socialism' that will destroy the US. The GOP has NO plan except vouchers for seniors and cutting Medicare and Medicaid.
Anything that helps average and poor people goes against the GOP line of 'more for millionaires and billionaires'.

MEDICARE FOR ALL or single payer.

Insurance companies exist to make profits and care nothing about the health of people. Millions now have NO insurance and millions more cannot afford their deductibles or co-pays.
+11 # Wise woman 2019-04-09 15:38
More and more we are going to hear that word SOCIALIST as if it was some kind of toxic brew concocted by the witches in the Democratic party. Somehow, over the next year and a half, that idiocy has to be dispelled to get the ill informed all across the board advised of their ignorance
so that Bernie can be our next president!
+11 # Lgfoot 2019-04-09 18:44
The only way to make medical care affordable is Medicare for all- no exceptions. Insurance companies have plenty of other ways to pick our pockets.
+1 # eridani 2019-04-09 21:58
It would actually not limit private insurance, but it would limit it to providing extras that individuals or union members might want.
+5 # jcdav 2019-04-10 07:26
The aim of insurers is to make a profits for the organization and stockholders, the aim of the VA health care system (gvt run) is to provide good outcomes for their patients- that focus alone should make the case for single payer health care, but here is one example of WHY the overhead and focus are sooo very different.
President’s Cabinet Secretary of Veterans affairs gets a level I salary of $205,700/yr. For reference, a VA physician’s salary $198,000/yr

CEO of health care insurance outfits run OVER $15,000,000/yr. Bit of difference in overhead...who do you think pays for this AND the yearly profits required to placate the stockholders in order that the CEO gets to keep his job?