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As Sanders Officially Revives Medicare-for-All, Plan B for Democrats Gains Traction Print E-mail
Written by Shefali Luthra | KHN   
Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00
 
As Democratic presidential primary candidates try to walk a political tightrope between the party's progressive and center-left wings, they face increasing pressure to outline the details of their health reform proposals. On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reaffirmed his stance by reintroducing a "Medicare-for-all" bill, the idea that fueled his 2016 presidential run. As with its previous iterations, Sanders' latest bill would establish a national single-payer "Medicare" system with vastly expanded benefits, prohibit private plans from competing with Medicare and eliminate cost sharing. New in this version is a universal provision for long-term care in home and community settings (but Medicaid would continue to cover institutional care). Already, it has an impressive list of Senate cosponsors - including Sanders' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). But many of the candidates - even official Medicare-for-All co-sponsors - are at the same time edging toward a more incremental approach, called "Medicare for America." Proponents argue it could deliver better health care to Americans while avoiding political, budgetary and legal objections.

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 15:54
 


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