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CNN: Elizabeth Warren emphasizes 'choice' on health care in a rhetorical shift

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Private insurance's costs are skyrocketing

The cost of private health insurance is out of control, compared to Medicare and Medicaid. You see that clearly if you take a long-term view of recently released federal data on health spending.

Why it matters: This is why the health care industry — not just insurers, but also hospitals and drug companies — is so opposed to proposals that would expand the government's purchasing power. And it’s why some progressives are so determined to curb, or even eliminate, private coverage.

By the numbers: Per capita spending for private insurance has grown by 52.6% over the last 10 years.
Per-capita spending for Medicare grew by 21.5% over the same period, and Medicaid 12.5%.
Private insurance generally pays higher prices for care than Medicare, which generally pays more than Medicaid.
There’s a long-running debate about whether public programs deliver efficiency because of their purchasing power, or simply underpay.

Democrats have proposed a variety of steps to curb health care costs, including cutting payments for out-of-network care, competition from a public insurance plan, and steep payment cuts through Medicare for All.

Industry opposes most of them.
The bottom line: The industry knows cutting government spending can only go so far. Any effort to rein in health care costs will have to confront the growth in the cost of private insurance.

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Democrats seize on anti-Obamacare ruling to steamroll GOP in 2020

The party looks to regain the offensive on an issue critical to its success in the 2018 midterms.


A court ruling last week putting the Affordable Care Act further in jeopardy may provide the opening Democrats have been waiting for to regain the upper hand on health care against Republicans in 2020.

At the most recent Democratic presidential debate, candidates largely avoided discussing the lawsuit or Republicans’ years-long efforts to dismantle Obamacare, and instead continued their intra-party battle over Medicare for All.

But Senate Democrats, Democratic candidates and outside groups backing them immediately jumped on the news of the federal appeals court ruling — blasting out ads and statements reminding voters of Republicans’ votes to repeal the 2010 health care law, support the lawsuit and confirm the judges who may bring about Obamacare’s demise.

“I think it’s an opportunity to reset with the new year to remind people that there’s a very real threat to tens of millions of Americans," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said in an interview. "We Democrats are always striving to improve the system, but, at a minimum, the American people expect us to protect what they already have."

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New York Daily News Editorial
A jagged pill: It isn’t just medicine; American health care costs are obscene across the board


President Trump and Democrats in Congress agree: Prescription drugs are outrageously expensive, and government has a duty to try to drive them down.

But the pills Americans swallow are responsible for a mere fraction of the health care they get. The hard but necessary fact to face is that all other pieces of the medical-industrial complex, from insurance companies to hospitals to individual doctors, are together driving prices through the roof.

The latest report of the International Federation of Health Plans reveals just how much we sucker Americans pay for the same services provided throughout the industrialized world.

An MRI costs about $450 in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it’s almost three times that. An angioplasty costs about $6,400 in the Netherlands. In the United States, it’s more than $32,000.

Bypass surgery here costs around $78,000, more than double what it is in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, or the U.K.. A C-section here costs $15,000; natural delivery of a baby, $11,000. An appendectomy, $15,000. Knee replacement, $30,000.

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New York Mag - Eric Levitz
The Public Option Is Politically Superior to Medicare for All — But Only As a Sound Bite

The vast majority of Americans believe that every U.S. citizen has a right to quality, affordable health care, and that it is the federal government’s job to uphold that right.

But roughly 70 percent of Americans also believe that their own health-care coverage is either “good” or “excellent” (despite the fact that virtually all of us are getting ripped off). This perennial poll result reflects the fact that voters often evince status-quo bias and loss aversion, which is to say, they tend to fear losing what they have more than they long for something better. In the U.S., this tendency is likely exacerbated by the public’s (understandable) distrust in their governing institutions.

For these reasons, Democratic operatives argue that Medicare for All Who Want It is a safer campaign pitch than Medicare for All. The former, as described by Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden, would achieve universal coverage by giving all Americans the option of enrolling in a high-quality, affordable public health insurance program, while allowing the loss-averse to stick with the lousy private plans they know and trust. Medicare for All, by contrast, would force all Americans onto a single government plan, an approach to universal coverage that would ostensibly be more socially disruptive and fiscally onerous than a public option.

And surveys suggest the operatives are right: When the debate is framed in the terms outlined above, a public option consistently outpolls Medicare for All — even among Democratic voters. In a recent New York Times–SurveyMonkey poll, 58 percent of Democratic respondents said that the statement “The U.S. should offer government-run insurance to anyone who wants it, but people should be able to keep their private insurance if they prefer it” matched their view on health-care policy, while just 25 percent said the same of the assertion, “The U.S. should adopt a national health-care plan in which all Americans get their insurance from a single government plan.”

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“We’re looking for undecideds”: Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is pitting its public option against Medicare-for-all

How Buttigieg is using Medicare-for-all to draw from Elizabeth Warren’s support in New Hampshire.


CONCORD, New Hampshire — Voter Maura Willing, 58, has been a fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren from “day one.” But she’s still undecided and lately, doubts about Warren’s Medicare-for-all plan have crept into her mind.

“I think that scared a whole bunch of people,” Willing told Vox at a recent house party for one of Warren’s most direct competitors: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. It’s not that Willing doesn’t like Warren’s detailed Medicare-for-all plan, her public option transition proposal or the tax on billionaires to help pay for it; she’s “99 percent” in Warren’s corner, as she put it. But the missing 1 percent is Willing’s remaining worry that Warren’s health care plan won’t fly with moderate voters in Middle America.

Buttigieg is seizing the opportunity to capitalize on those fears. As his staff and volunteers knock doors in all-important New Hampshire, they’re contrasting their “Medicare For All Who Want It” public option plan with Medicare-for-all — emphasizing the latter would take away private health insurance.

Touting “choice” is not a new tactic; it’s been used by moderate Democrats and Republicans alike in many a past health care debate, including Obamacare and Bill Clinton’s universal health care plan in the 1990s.

Despite the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) “wrote the damn bill” of Medicare-for-all, a Sanders campaign aide in New Hampshire told Vox their impression is Buttigieg’s messaging is largely focused on Warren. The Buttigieg campaign aide pushed back, telling Vox their campaign hasn’t been messaging on any one opponent’s health care plan.

“We’re saying we’re offering you choice, you’re not going to get kicked off your health insurance plan,” the aide said. “A Sanders bill would be the clearest contrast, but we’re not calling people out by name.”

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Joe Biden pushes public option as affordable, practical health care in Iowa visit

Former vice president campaigns in Williamsburg, watches Holiday Bowl with Coralville mayor


WILLIAMSBURG — Joe Biden admits his health care plan, which calls for building on the best of the Affordable Care Act, will cost a lot of money — $750 billion over 10 years.

“But it doesn’t cost $30 trillion — trillion,” the Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president said Friday in Williamsburg.

It also has the advantage of being implemented much sooner than the four- to 10-year transitions other candidates talk about.

“People need hope. They need security. They need certainty now, and I think we can get it done,” Biden said after speaking to more than 100 people at the Williamsburg middle school. ...

Today, 16 percent of Americans are on Medicare, “and you’re going to add another 84 percent — 280 million at one time — and everybody’s taxes aren’t going to go up to pay for it?” Biden said. “Middle-class people are going to be worse off than they are paying for their insurance now.”

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Sanders touts his health plan in N.H.

DOVER, N.H. — Like others who packed into an Elks Lodge here Saturday to hear Senator Bernie Sanders’s vision for government-run health care, James McCoy has watched people get buried in bills their insurance won’t cover, only to wonder if there is a better way.

It’s a question that likely hangs over him more than most. As an employee in a private health insurer’s grievances and appeals department, the Sanford, Maine, resident said he’s undecided on Medicare-for-all — the very proposal his top two choices for president, Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren, are championing.

Its realization may cost him his job. “I think it’s the deciding factor for me,” said McCoy, 43. “It’s my livelihood.”

McCoy’s dilemma offers an example of the anxiety that surrounds one of Sanders’s defining proposals, which would transform how health care is delivered in the United States and is deeply popular with his supporters — but also has divided the Democratic presidential field and voters in general.

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ABC News: Andrew Yang, pressed on health care, says he would 'expand' universal health care 'over time'

In his plan, Yang stops short of offering a public option.

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Trump berates Azar over bad health care polling

The president's frustration with his health secretary sparked a flurry of new planning on election-year drug pricing initiatives.


President Donald Trump lashed out at HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday after senior aides presented him with polling data showing that voters prefer Democrats on health care, according to six people with knowledge of the conversation.

Trump, who phoned Azar from a meeting with his political affairs team, expressed frustration that voters haven’t rewarded him for taking actions to lower drug prices, the sources said. ...

Voters have consistently said they trust Democrats more than Trump to handle health care issues, a gap that widened since Republicans’ extensive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act during his first year in office. Trump has often defended his record on Obamacare in misleading terms, including this week when he tweeted that he “Saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare.” Trump’s claims were roundly rejected by fact checkers, who pointed to the administration’s long-running efforts to weaken Obamacare’s protections, including its support for a lawsuit that could kill the entire law. ...

Since last year, the White House has worked to redefine the president’s health care agenda, touting his actions on public health as it tries to move past Republicans' failure to replace Obamacare. The administration has announced significant proposals to overhaul U.S. kidney care, boost funding to fight HIV and take other public health steps that have received bipartisan support. ...

The Trump administration earlier this month released a slimmed-down ban on flavored vapes, prompting criticism from public health groups and Democrats who said it wasn't enough to combat the sharp rise in youth use of e-cigarettes. The administration backed away more sweeping restrictions after vaping advocates pointed to controversial polling data that an extensive ban would harm Trump's reelection bid in battleground states.

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U.S. health system costs four times more to run than Canada’s single-payer system

In the United States, a legion of administrative healthcare workers and health insurance employees who play no direct role in providing patient care costs every American man, woman and child an average of $2,497 per year.

Across the border in Canada, where a single-payer system has been in place since 1962, the cost of administering healthcare is just $551 per person — less than a quarter as much.

That spending mismatch, tallied in a study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, could challenge some assumptions about the relative efficiency of public and private healthcare programs. It could also become a hot political talking point on the American campaign trail as presidential candidates debate the pros and cons of government-funded universal health insurance.

Progressive contenders for the Democratic nomination, including Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are calling for a “Medicare for All” system. More centrist candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have questioned the wisdom of turning the government into the nation’s sole health insurer.

It’s been decades since Canada transitioned from a U.S.-style system of private healthcare insurance to a government-run single-payer system. Canadians today do not gnash their teeth about co-payments or deductibles. They do not struggle to make sense of hospital bills. And they do not fear losing their healthcare coverage.

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Medicare for All supporters just locked down a huge endorsement within the healthcare industry

Medicare for All supporters locked down a significant endorsement on Monday: the second largest doctor group in the United States.

The American College of Physicians called for the federal government to embark on sweeping reforms of the nation's healthcare system that would lead to universal coverage, making the statements in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a health journal.

The organization endorsed the ideas of both a government-run single-payer system that would cover everyone, popularly known as "Medicare for All," or the creation of a public insurance option that would compete with private plans.

Though the ACP didn't throw its weight behind any politician or party, it did call for an expansion of the government's influence in American healthcare and increased alignment with what other developed countries have done - a position that many Democrats are pushing for.

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Buttigieg's health care plan would save money while Warren and Sanders plans would cost trillions, analysis finds

Health care has been a contentious topic among the Democratic presidential candidates: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) support Medicare for All while Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) and former Vice President Joe Biden offer alternatives to universal health care.

A new analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) took a look at the different plans and found that while each proposal would reduce the number of uninsured Americans, the least costly would be Buttigieg’s plan.

“Mayor Buttigieg’s plan would reduce deficits by $450 billion,” according to CFRB, adding that the policy would also “increase gross spending by $2.85 trillion, reduce costs by $1.2 trillion, and raise $2.1 trillion through direct and additional offsets.”

Through Buttigieg’s Medicare for All Who Want It plan, everyone would automatically be involved in universal health care coverage for those who are eligible. The policy would also expand premium subsidies for low-income individuals, cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare, and limit what health care providers change for out-of-network care at double what Medicare pays for the same service. At the same time, those who still want to stay on private insurance can do so.

“This is how public alternatives work,” Buttigieg said. “They create a public alternative that the private sector is then forced to compete with.

CRFB estimated that the Indiana mayor’s plan would reduce the number of insured by between 20 to 30 million “by improving affordability and implementing auto-enrollment as well as retroactively enrolling and charging premiums to those who lack coverage.”
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New Republic - Kate Aronoff
How Medicare for All Could Help Fight Pandemics

The climate crisis could make outbreaks like the coronavirus more common. Is America's for-profit healthcare system ready?


Consider the life of someone with the misfortune of contracting coronavirus in the United States. Let’s call her Mary, and let’s say she works at an airport as a baggage agent helping travelers locate their lost belongings. At work one day she starts feeling run down and develops a dry cough. It’s just a cold, she thinks. Maybe allergies. Her supervisor’s been on her case all week, so she doesn’t call in sick for risk of testing things. She feels worse as the week goes on. The health insurance Mary’s employer offers is too expensive to afford, but she also makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid. A visit to the urgent care near her house might run her $200. Rent, which went up again last year, is due next week. She keeps going to work until, while helping an irate customer find his bag, she starts to have more serious trouble breathing and faints. Her coworker calls an ambulance. She’s placed on a ventilator on the way to the emergency room, and admitted to the intensive care unit for oxygen therapy. A quick test confirms that Mary has 2019-nCoV, the strain of coronavirus causing the current outbreak. She’s placed in quarantine and her desk at the airport is shut down, and all of her coworkers are sent for testing. It’s not clear how many people she infected before winding up in the hospital. If Mary survives, she’ll have tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical debt to show for it. And she won’t be the only one in that position.
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Kaiser Family Foundation
KFF Health Tracking Poll – January 2020: Medicare-for-all, Public Option, Health Care Legislation And Court Actions

Key Findings:

The Democratic presidential primary campaign featured extensive discussions of different health care reform proposals. As Democratic primary voters in early primary states begin casting their ballots to select their nominee, the latest KFF tracking poll finds that a majority of Americans favor a national Medicare-for-all health plan (56%) but a larger share favors a government-administered “public option” (68%). Notably, nearly half of adults (48%) favor both of these proposals. Among the 17% who favor a public option but oppose Medicare-for-all, when asked to explain their reasoning in their own words, the most common responses indicate that they prefer a public option because it allows choice (32% of those who were asked, or 5% of the total public).

Eight in ten Americans think taxes for most people would increase both under a Medicare-for-all plan (83%) or a public option health plan available to all (81%). However, more adults think that all Americans would have health insurance coverage under a Medicare-for-all system (62%) than under a public option (53%).

At the start of this election year, lowering prescription drug costs (22%) and continuing the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions (19%) lead the public’s health care priorities for Congress. Additionally, eight in ten or more say it is at least very important that Congress work on lowering prescription drug costs (87%), ensuring the ACA’s pre-existing condition protections continue (83%), and protecting people from surprise high out-of-network medical bills (80%) during the next year.

President Trump has an overall negative approval rating among the public when it comes to his handling of various health issues, with his most negative ratings for his handling of the Affordable Care Act (35% approve and 56% disapprove, for a net approval of -21 percentage points) and his handling of the costs of prescription drugs (30% approve, 54% disapprove, net approval -24 percentage points). On the other hand, majorities of Republicans approve of his handling of all the health care issues asked about in this month’s poll, especially his handling of Medicare (+68 percentage points net approval). Among all adults, President Trump’s net approval rating for his handling of Medicare is -10 percentage points.

In a December ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in Texas agreed with a lower court judge that the provision of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional since Congress eliminated the tax penalty established to enforce it, and sent the case back to the lower court to decide how much of the ACA should be allowed to stand. A majority of adults say they are worried that they or someone in their family will lose health insurance coverage in the future if the Supreme Court overturns either the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions (57%) or the entire health care law (58%).

Medicare-for-all and Public Option

This month’s poll finds that majorities favor a national Medicare-for-all health plan (56%) and favor a “public option” (68%) in which a government-administered plan would compete with private health insurance and be available to all Americans.
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Centrist poll: 'Medicare for All' underwater in key battleground states

A new poll from a centrist Democratic think tank of three battleground states shows “Medicare for All” is far less popular than a plan to build off the Affordable Care Act.

The polling from Third Way, conducted in the “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, shows a sharp divide between those who support Medicare for All and those who don’t.

According to the poll, Medicare for All is just as unpopular in Michigan and Pennsylvania as President Trump’s plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Only 41 percent of respondents in Michigan and 40 percent of respondents in Pennsylvania said they supported the policy.

In Wisconsin, 47 percent of respondents supported Medicare for All.

Medicare for All is a rallying cry among progressives and is championed by presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The poll did not ask whether the voters would support a public option, which is the plan supported by former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Reuters: Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on 'Medicare for All'
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Washington Monthly - David Atkins
Warren Is Paying the Price for her Honesty. And Her Gender.

Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is up against a wall. After leading the Democratic field in the polling for a couple of weeks, her support has now softened considerably. She’s not in a terrible position in terms of raw delegates: she overperformed her polling to take third place in in Iowa. But a disappointing fourth-place finish in New Hampshire did little to boost the campaign and her path forward seems uncertain beyond persisting and hoping that other candidates fall flat and their supporters flock to her. How did we get here?

If Warren does end up falling short there will be numerous well-sourced accounts, but the trajectory from the outside is already clear enough. In a primary where voters have been obsessively seeking “electability,” and where other candidates have been willing to spin fables or dramatically change positions to secure votes, Warren’s basic decency and honesty have cost her. And the sexism undergirding much of the conversation around electability hasn’t helped.

Both Warren’s defenders and detractors on the left and right side of the Democratic field rightly point to the healthcare debate as the key turning point. As the primary hit the first series of debates, Warren remained ambiguous about the details of her healthcare plan, dodging questions about taxation and saying only that “costs will go down.” Both Sanders on her left and Buttigieg, Biden and Klobuchar on her right pilloried her for her lack of specificity on this front.

The Buttigieg/Biden/Klobuchar wing was content to diss Medicare for All entirely, hedging toward frankly unworkable “Medicare for All Who Want It” style plans. The challenge for the moderate approach to healthcare will be the same as that of the ACA: half-measures that will be immediately hobbled by the medical provider and insurance industries, and that will not provide the cost savings required for a universal plan to be effective. Politically, this was an attempt to undermine Warren whom they saw as the primary threat, and to solidify their own control of the “moderate” lane. None of them saw Sanders as a serious threat at the time, nor did they factor in the degree to which many of their own voters supposedly in the moderate lane had Sanders as their second choice. They also strongly underestimated the degree to which Democratic voters genuinely like and want Medicare for All.
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Buttigieg's health care plan would save money while Warren and Sanders plans would cost trillions, analysis finds

Health care has been a contentious topic among the Democratic presidential candidates: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) support Medicare for All while Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) and former Vice President Joe Biden offer alternatives to universal health care.

A new analysis from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) took a look at the different plans and found that while each proposal would reduce the number of uninsured Americans, the least costly would be Buttigieg’s plan.

“Mayor Buttigieg’s plan would reduce deficits by $450 billion,” according to CFRB, adding that the policy would also “increase gross spending by $2.85 trillion, reduce costs by $1.2 trillion, and raise $2.1 trillion through direct and additional offsets.”

Through Buttigieg’s Medicare for All Who Want It plan, everyone would automatically be involved in universal health care coverage for those who are eligible. The policy would also expand premium subsidies for low-income individuals, cap out-of-pocket costs for seniors on Medicare, and limit what health care providers change for out-of-network care at double what Medicare pays for the same service. At the same time, those who still want to stay on private insurance can do so.

“This is how public alternatives work,” Buttigieg said. “They create a public alternative that the private sector is then forced to compete with.

CRFB estimated that the Indiana mayor’s plan would reduce the number of uninsured by between 20 to 30 million “by improving affordability and implementing auto-enrollment as well as retroactively enrolling and charging premiums to those who lack coverage.”
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'Course, everybody knows that if you elect a candidate, all the plans they offered during the campaign are instantly enacted. :roll:
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Foggy wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:43 am
'Course, everybody knows that if you elect a candidate, all the plans they offered during the campaign are instantly enacted. :roll:
"Everybody" meaning MSM, an idiot amount of voters, and more people on the 'Bow than I would have believed.*

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I want single payer healthcare. I want more tuition assistance. I want other progressive things to happen. More than all the progressive things I want, I want my country to stop moving backwards. It tears my heart when I see debates like the one the other night and the most important issues are placed on the back burner.
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Business Insider: Despite previous attacks, Medicare for All proved to be a huge winner for Bernie Sanders for the third primary in a row, polls show
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Salon - Igor Derysh: Medicare for All would lead to job boom, experts say

Medicare for All would create millions of new jobs and boost wages for workers, Economic Policy Institute finds
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