House Democrats announced the latest "Medicare-for-all" bill on Wednesday – a comprehensive review of the nation's health system, which largely prohibits private insurance, which critics call a kind of government takeover.
The bill is Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. And Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. Introduced and more than 100 House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. as much as politics drifted from the party's edge to the mainstream.
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He would move America into a virtual single-payment system, such as those used in the United States and Canada, and promises to "prevent healthcare companies from overburdening their services and getting sick and injured".
– It's time to overwhelm people's health. Our bill covers everyone. Not only are those for whom lucky insurance supported by the employer, ”Jayapal said. – Not just kids. Not just the elderly. Not just those who are healthy. Everybody. Because health is a human right. We will need every person in the country to help us, stand with us, organize and fight it.
"Everyone in, no one," said Jayapal at a press conference, according to The Guardian, where the bill was welcomed as a "complete transformation of our healthcare system".
However, the law contradicts whether this health care is for private insurance. Under the new proposal, private insurance plans could only be used to supplement government-provided cover for "additional benefits not covered by this law".
However, the text of the proposal makes it clear that private policies are largely abolished. One of the terms of the bill is "forbidden" if a private insurer "sells health insurance coverage that doubles the benefits under this law".
According to the US health insurance plans, the group of advocates for the individual health insurance sector, the vast majority of Americans are satisfied with their coverage.
“The Americans want to improve what works for them and repair the broken ones. This bill violates patients, consumers and taxpayers: Americans pay more to wait longer for worse care, ”said Kristine Grow's spokesperson for Fox News via email. "Focus on real solutions that produce real results, not a sort of government system."
Republicans immediately painted the blueprint as "catastrophic" and point to studies suggesting that the price tag could be as much as $ 32 trillion.
"Medicare will eliminate private insurance for everyone, will go on a trip to the DMV as a Caribbean vacation and cost billions to taxpayers. Good luck to the vulnerable House Democrats, who will have to protect this $ 32 trillion, ”said Michael McAdams, spokesman for the National Republican Congress Committee.
The regulation was quiet on the price issue. According to Politico, Jayapal said he would like to publish a separate list of proposed funding mechanisms that include additional taxes or employer mandates.
According to a data sheet from Dingell's office, the transition to Medicare-for-all takes two years. Coverage includes all basic care, dental, vision, maternity and neonatal care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and others. This would include "female reproductive health services". It seems that the plan would leave little to be covered by private insurers.
The move means a radical shift from former President Barack Obama's previous ObamaCare track – where he has wrongly promised: "If you love your plan, you can keep the plan.
Nancy Pelosi House Speaker, D-Calif, did not support the bill, but indicated that it would allow the bill to be heard on the left side of the party. The legislation would almost certainly be dead upon arrival at the Republican-controlled Senate.
However, legislation seems to be part of a broader shift of democrats, with many presidential 2020 hopes for Medicare-for-all plans and some supporting the elimination of private health plans.
Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif, asked the CNN host, Jake Tapper, in January if people could keep their current health plan in the Medicare-for-all plan. He indicated that they could not suggest moving towards a pay system rather than simply expanding Medicare.
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– Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care. it might be necessary, "said Harris to Tapper.
"Who wasn't such a situation between us?" he continued. "Where to wait for approval, and the doctor says," I don't know if your insurance company covers this. "Remove all this.
On Monday, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Hopeful 2020, asked CNN whether his plan would allow people to keep their private plans.
"No," Sanders replied to the middle question, shaking his head. “What changes the color of the card in their plans. So instead of the Blue Cross / Blue Shield card, they receive a Medicare card instead of the United Health Insurance Card.
Fox News "Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.