Sanders Introduces 'Medicare for All' Bill

Merkley announces he will co-sponsor 'Medicare-for-all' bill

Victoria Sarno Jordan

- Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders is unveiling a plan for universal healthcare in the United States though the Medicare for All Act of 2017 on September 13.

Saving money on health insurance holds lots of appeal.

Interestingly, Sanders - who just> a href="http://www.thecut.com/2017/04/bernie-sanders-and-tom-perez-must-not-abandon-womens-rights.html?utm_source=yh&utm_medium=f1&utm_campaign=feed-full" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" *a few months ago suggested that Democrats didn't necessarily have to be pro-choice, spurring a round of similar statements from Democratic leadership - hasn't discussed the topic of abortion as it applies to his bill.

Sanders' plan, which the former Democratic presidential candidate announced Wednesday, is "a nice slogan", said Barrasso. Managing utilization and, in turn, expenditures involves striking a balance in incentives among patients and providers and a mix of fee-for-service and managed care elements. They may sell insurance for services that are not medically necessary.

Some other Democrats are prioritizing protecting the ACA over jumping into any other options. Americans under 18 would immediately obtain "universal Medicare cards", while Americans not now eligible for Medicare would be phased into the program over four years.

"Some patients will never get the care they need", Sen.

Sanders said he planned to take the bill on the road to "every state in the country and hear what the people have to say" for a roving national workshop.

Long-term care would not be included in bill but covered by separate legislation, an adviser to Sanders told CNN.

"He didn't make it through the primary, he didn't make it into the Oval [Office]", the White House spokeswoman said. "I think that's a pretty clear indication of what Americans want to see and it's not single-payer".

Alright so, what we have right now in place is a bunch of private companies (i.e. not the government) giving insurance to people. Gone would be co-pays, deductibles and premiums paid to private insurers along with insurance that's tied to employment.

Single Payer, or Medicare For All is the health care system in all the top industrialized nations. The government would be allowed to negotiate price controls with pharmaceutical companies, which would in theory drive down prices, since the government, of course, buys in bulk.

But won't it cost a fortune in taxpayer money? And a web ad paid for by Sanders' 2018 Senate campaign, asking readers to "co-sponsor" his bill, attracted more than half a million names.

The $32 trillion figure was based on the Urban Institute's analysis of Sanders' 2016 campaign plan.

"We should understand that everyone-all-should receive the healthcare they need regardless of where they come from or their zip code", said Sen.

A Sanders aide says the bill will cost less than the campaign plan. The Congressional Budget Office projected that 24 million Americans would enroll in the law's exchanges in 2017.

Nope, not in a Republican-controlled Congress.

But Sanders' moves aren't particularly always about reality. But the people who have signed on with Sanders are neither stupid nor reckless. Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Kamala Harris (California), Corey Booker (New Jersey) and Kirsten Gillibrand (New York).

Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said activists will push the Democratic Party to embrace the idea of Medicare-for-all in the coming years, and it will be a political victor because Medicare is so popular. But Martin said that idea is "unimaginable" for many Canadians.

Booker also said he'll join them, revealing Monday that he will co-sponsor the bill in an interview with NJTV. As Pelosi put it this summer, "It isn't helpful to tinkle all over the Affordable Care Act right now". He said Tuesday that he would pay for the system in a "progressive way". You're no longer having to provide insurance to your employees.

Getting 17 Democratic senators to back a single-payer plan is no small feat. What follows at the aforementioned website is a plethora of familiar Socialist talking points - millions of Americans still uninsured, the US spends more on health care per person than any other developed nation, and why can't the United States be more like the rest of the world?

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