Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

Post Reply
User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#1

Post by Addie » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:55 am

CNBC
‘Medicare-for-all’ vs. the public option: How health care could shape the Democratic primary race to take on Trump in the 2020 election

As the Democratic primary season kicks off, several candidates are embracing a “Medicare-for-all” health insurance plan to cover every American.

Others who want to take a more incremental approach back a system where Americans can buy into Medicare or Medicaid.

The debate shows just how much the Democratic Party has shifted on health care in recent years.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#2

Post by Addie » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:23 am

National Memo
Poll: Huge Majorities Reject Trump's Medicare And Medicaid Cuts

New national polling from Public Policy Polling conducted for the organization Protect Our Care shows overwhelming voter rejection of the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in the budget the Trump administration released this week, once more elevating health care to a key issue for the 2020 campaign, and creating a major headache for Republicans.

The survey found that 60 percent of voters are opposed to Trump’s proposed Medicaid cuts; 72 percent say they oppose the proposed Medicare cuts; and 50 percent say they’re less likely to vote for him because of these proposed cuts. That includes 54 percent who consider themselves independents. When the question about Trump’s proposed budget cuts was prefaced by the statement “President Trump is proposing these cuts to Medicare and Medicaid after his tax plan gave hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax breaks for big corporations, including health insurance companies and drug companies,” the number that say they are less likely to support him jumps to 54 percent. That includes 57 percent of voters over age 65 and 51 percent of independents.

The proposed budget would cut $780 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years and reduce the growth of the program by $1.4 trillion. It would cut $846 billion from Medicare. The administration argues it’s just cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare (it doesn’t bother to justify destroying Medicaid), ignoring the fact that cuts that deep to providers in Medicare will rebound onto patients.

White House budgets are never binding, but they’re a reflection of the values and priorities of the president. Boy, is this budget a reflection of Trump—one that Democrats are going to hang around the neck of every Republican between now and November 3, 2020.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#3

Post by Addie » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:34 pm

Vox
Medicare for America, Beto O’Rourke’s favorite health care plan, explained ...

In brief, here’s what the bill authored by DeLauro and Schakowsky and now embraced by O’Rourke would do:
The uninsured, people currently purchasing insurance in the Obamacare marketplaces, Medicaid beneficiaries, and newborns would automatically be enrolled into an improved Medicare program, which would continue to cover seniors as well.

Employers could continue to offer private insurance, so long as it meets certain federal standards. Companies could also elect to send their workers to the public program and pay a contribution toward their employees’ costs. Likewise, workers could voluntarily leave their job’s insurance for the new public plan.

Participants would be required to pay premiums, on a sliding scale based on their income; people with lower incomes would pay no premium at all. Out-of-pocket costs would also be based on income and capped at $3,500 for an individual or $5,000 for a family.

Doctors would be paid Medicare rates, with an additional increase provided for primary care doctors and mental health services.
The plan is intentionally written to avoid disrupting employer-sponsored insurance for people who currently get coverage through their work. Companies could continue to offer private insurance to their employees as long as it covers at least 80 percent of health care costs. Businesses could also proactively choose to send their workers into the government plan while contributing money to the program to cover their costs. Employees would have the option of leaving their company plan on their own as well.

User avatar
AndyinPA
Posts: 2911
Joined: Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh PA

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#4

Post by AndyinPA » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:04 pm

It is utterly appalling that this country doesn't have universal health care, or Medicare for all. It's only one of many things that many other first-world (or whatever they're calling it now) take for granted and people here have no clue. I definitely want to see the Democrats run on this in 2020. It will be a lot harder for twitler to promise cheaper, better health care for all the way he did in 2016. He has a track record on that now, and it's not good.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#5

Post by Addie » Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:14 pm

Roll Call: ‘Medicare for all’ doesn’t just rival Canada’s system. It goes further

An insurance system proposed by Rep. Pramila Jayapal takes cues from other countries, but is unique in other ways

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#6

Post by Addie » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:22 pm

Bloomberg
Biggest US health insurer wades into Medicare for All fight

The U.S.’s biggest health insurer sharply criticized the Medicare for All proposals being debated by Democrats, wading into a heated Washington political debate that’s likely to dominate the 2020 presidential race and the conversation about the future of private health plans in America.

For months, health insurers have kept mostly quiet about the proposal, the most-ambitious versions of which would replace privately financed health coverage with Medicare, the government program that covers about 60 million mostly elderly Americans. On Tuesday, UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s chief executive officer said such proposals would amount to a “wholesale disruption of American health care.”

As a source of coverage, UnitedHealth is almost as large as Medicare itself. It provides health-insurance services to 49.7 million people, and last year recorded revenue of $226.2 billion. Along with insurance, it operates physician practices, sells consulting and data services, and administers drug benefits. It also covers millions of people in the private-sector versions of Medicare and Medicaid.

Despite its immense size, the company has kept a relatively low profile with the wider public. Its quarterly earnings are typically buttoned-up events, treated as a financial indicator for other insurers who report later in the earnings season. Engaging in a political fight could turn it into a political target as Democrats look for winning issues.

User avatar
tek
Posts: 3307
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:02 pm
Location: Happy Valley, MA
Occupation: Damned if I know

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#7

Post by tek » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:59 pm

Health insurers siphon money out of healthcare and send it to their executives and shareholders.

So yeah, they are a critical part of the healthcare system. :sarcasm:
You can't go on
Thinking nothing's wrong

User avatar
Dan1100
Posts: 3242
Joined: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:41 pm

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#8

Post by Dan1100 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:45 pm

tek wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Health insurers siphon money out of healthcare and send it to their executives and shareholders.

So yeah, they are a critical part of the healthcare system. :sarcasm:
Well, F@!##ing United Health Care sure as F!@#!#ing isn't spending it on customer service infrastructure or modern customer facing IT.

I have my eye insurance with them. There is no way to email them, no way to contact them on the website and no address to snail mail them on the website. There is just one number to call and you get put on hold for at least an hour to talk to someone who then redirects your call to another number where you get put on hold for an hour again or just plain cut off. When you do talk to them, they are snotty to you.

It literally took me over 2 hours to update my credit card expiration date. When I first got it, it took me 2 1/2 hours to fix a minor account screw up on their part (they signed me up for 2 policies instead of 1 for some unknown reason).

They suck and I can't wait to cancel them when my one year commitment is over.
"Devin Nunes is having a cow over this."

-George Takei

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#9

Post by Addie » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:45 am

Axios - Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation: For low-income people, employer health coverage is worse than ACA

User avatar
Tiredretiredlawyer
Posts: 8631
Joined: Tue May 10, 2016 2:56 pm
Location: Animal Planet
Occupation: Permanent probationary slave to 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 horse

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#10

Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:02 am

What is the likelihood of the Resistance becoming the shareholders? To me it is like voting for more women, POC, LBGQT, etc., for public office.
“A black woman can invent something for the benefit of humankind.” -Bessie Blount-Griffin, physical therapist, inventor of devices for disabled WWII veterans, and forensic scientist.

User avatar
Chilidog
Posts: 9614
Joined: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:36 am

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#11

Post by Chilidog » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:08 am

Dan1100 wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:45 pm
tek wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Health insurers siphon money out of healthcare and send it to their executives and shareholders.

So yeah, they are a critical part of the healthcare system. :sarcasm:
Well, F@!##ing United Health Care sure as F!@#!#ing isn't spending it on customer service infrastructure or modern customer facing IT.

I have my eye insurance with them. There is no way to email them, no way to contact them on the website and no address to snail mail them on the website. There is just one number to call and you get put on hold for at least an hour to talk to someone who then redirects your call to another number where you get put on hold for an hour again or just plain cut off. When you do talk to them, they are snotty to you.

It literally took me over 2 hours to update my credit card expiration date. When I first got it, it took me 2 1/2 hours to fix a minor account screw up on their part (they signed me up for 2 policies instead of 1 for some unknown reason).

They suck and I can't wait to cancel them when my one year commitment is over.
I’m willing to bet that quitting them is like trying to quit “workout anytime.”

User avatar
Jim
Posts: 3233
Joined: Fri May 04, 2012 4:05 pm

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#12

Post by Jim » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:01 am

Bernie Sanders gets support for 'Medicare for All' proposal from Fox News audience
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a town hall on Monday on Fox News and drew unexpected support from the audience for his plan to provide government-run health insurance to all Americans.

“I want to ask the audience a question, if you could raise your hand here,” moderator Bret Baier said, addressing the crowd assembled in Bethlehem, Pa., to see Sanders speak. “A show of hands of how many people get their insurance from work, private insurance right now.”

Most in the audience raised a hand.

“Now of those,” Baier continued, “how many are willing to transition to what the senator says, a government-run system?”

Approximately the same number of people, many of them cheering loudly, raised a hand again, apparently surprising Baier, who added, “There’s 180 million people on private insurance, and they would be lost, right?”

“Fair question,” Sanders responded. “I know it’s what the right wing throws out, so let me answer it, all right? Millions of people every single year lose their health insurance, you know why? They get fired or they quit and they go to another employer. I was a mayor for eight years and you know what I did, what probably every mayor in America does, is you look around for the best insurance program, the most cost-effective insurance. You change insurance. Every year, millions of workers wake up in the morning and their employer has changed the insurance that they have. Maybe they liked the doctors, some people are nodding their heads, OK. So this is not new, every year. Now what we’re talking about actually is stability. That when you have a ‘Medicare for All’ it is there now and will be there in the future.”
Even FOX News fans are starting to get it.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#13

Post by Addie » Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:07 pm

Vox
CBO: over 1 million Americans have become uninsured since 2016

It’s not the Mueller report, but it is important.


More than 1 million Americans have lost health coverage since 2016, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds.

The report — which came out within hours of the Mueller report on Thursday and so didn’t get much attention — follows other studies, all suggesting that America’s uninsured rate is rising under President Trump, whose administration has passed new rules that make it more difficult to enroll in coverage.

The CBO estimates that the number of Americans without insurance has risen from 27.5 million in 2016 to 28.9 million in 2018, an increase of 1.4 million Americans going uninsured.

Much of that increase is concentrated in the Medicaid program, where the Trump administration has approved new rules like work requirements that can make it more difficult for low-income Americans to enroll in the program.

The other area where health coverage has declined is among Americans who purchase their own health insurance outside the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. ...

It’s notable that these declines in coverage are happening even though Republicans were unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act — and all before the repeal of the requirement to carry health insurance took effect (that provision only kicked in at the start of 2019). The rising uninsured rate is happening at a moment when, on paper, Obamacare looks a lot like it did under President Obama.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#14

Post by Addie » Sun May 05, 2019 9:42 am

New York Mag - Ed Kilgore
The Health-Care Crisis Has Spread to Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

For most of this century, the big U.S. health-care policy issue has been providing insurance to the uninsured, including the uninsurable people with expensive health conditions. Yes, the majority of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based insurance were affected by this debate insofar as sharing the costs of more universal coverage would increase their premiums and/or taxes. But for the most part, Americans were relatively happy with the insurance they got at work.

That’s changing, as is graphically illustrated by a major new survey conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows insurance deductibles, co-pays, and other “cost sharing” requirements by insurers are putting the squeeze on affected policyholders in a big way.

As the Times’ Noam Levy explains, the rise of deductibles has been dramatic:
In the last 12 years, annual deductibles in job-based health plans have nearly quadrupled and now average more than $1,300.


Yet Americans’ savings are not keeping pace, data show. And more than four in 10 workers enrolled in a high-deductible plan report they don’t have enough savings to cover the deductible.


One in six Americans who get insurance through their jobs say they’ve had to make “difficult sacrifices” to pay for healthcare in the last year, including cutting back on food, moving in with friends or family, or taking extra jobs. And one in five say healthcare costs have eaten up all or most of their savings.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#15

Post by Addie » Sun May 12, 2019 2:25 pm

Associated Press
Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.

A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021.

The Legislature approved the plan last month, and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign it into law Monday.

The move thrusts Washington into the national debate over the government’s role in health care, with a hybrid model that puts the state to the left of market-only approaches but stops short of a completely public system.

Instead, the state will dictate the terms of the public option plans but hire private insurance companies to administer them, saving the state from having to create a new bureaucracy — and guaranteeing a role for the insurance industry in managing the new public option.

Lawmakers in at least eight other states including Colorado and New Mexico have proposed their own public option measures. But so far none have passed legislation implementing a public option.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#16

Post by Addie » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:22 pm

Philadelphia Inquirer
A large Pa. employer supports ‘Medicare for all’ to ‘remove an albatross from American business’

EASTON, Pa. — Walk into a big-box retailer such as Walmart or Michaels and you’re likely to see MCS Industries’ picture frames, decorative mirrors or kitschy wall décor.

Adjacent to a dairy farm a few miles west of downtown Easton, MCS is the nation’s largest maker of such household products. But MCS doesn’t actually make anything here anymore. It has moved its manufacturing operations to Mexico and China, with the last manufacturing jobs departing this city along the Delaware River in 2005. MCS now has about 175 U.S. employees and 600 people overseas.

“We were going to lose the business because we were no longer competitive,” CEO Richard Master explained. And one of the biggest impediments to keeping labor costs in line, he said, has been the increasing expense of health coverage in the United States.

Today, he’s at the vanguard of a small but growing group of business executives who are lining up to support a “Medicare for All” national health program. He argues not that health care is a human right, but that covering everyone with a government plan and decoupling health care coverage from the workplace would benefit entrepreneurship.

In February, Master stood with U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) outside the Capitol after she introduced her Medicare for All bill. “This bill removes an albatross from the neck of American business, puts more money in consumer products and will boost our economy,” he said.

User avatar
ZekeB
Posts: 15471
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm
Location: Northwest part of Semi Blue State

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#17

Post by ZekeB » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:00 pm

Yes. Put a tariff on their goods so consumers won't have to pay for it. I'm surprised Trump hasn't come up with this one.

OTOH I am in favor of a nationwide value added tax to pay for it. This would level the playing field somewhat.
Ano, jsou opravdové. - Stormy Daniels

Nech mě domluvit! - Orly Taitz

Dave at Sea
Posts: 384
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:48 am
Location: Sand Sun Surf
Occupation: Busy

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#18

Post by Dave at Sea » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:43 am

The militant option to single payer...

Make public health care part of the (Civil) Defense budget...

Then get started training Federal Civil Defense Nurses and Doctors, while building Federal Civil Defense Hospitals and Mobile Clinics, then deploy them across the nation to provide health care for all.

Start with basic & emergency care and expand each year.

Of course you could choose private health insurance and private health treatment if you wanted, or you could use the Federal public system.

And in some areas it may be economical for the DoD to employ PMCs - in this case Private Medical Contractors - subject to strict oversight.

That way increased military spending might help more Americans.

User avatar
Addie
Posts: 31878
Joined: Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:22 am
Location: downstairs

Re: Issues 2020: Medicare for All/Public Option

#19

Post by Addie » Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:06 pm

San Francisco Chronicle: California shows 2020 Democrats how to get to Medicare for All

Post Reply

Return to “Presidential Election”