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Bernie Sanders “Medicare For All” Bill Moves America Closer to Socialism

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Washington, D.C. — Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent launched his vision of a universal health-care plan on Wednesday. April 10, 2019.  The so-called “Medicare For All” bill proposes legislation that would generate a government-run system to provide health insurance for all Americans through a single-payer system.

The “Medicare-for-all” proposal was introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. previously this year. The bill has already faced a backlash from critics who cited potentially enormous cost — and Republicans who aim to cast Democrats as radicals drawing socialist policies even closer.

Both Jayapal and Sanders’ legislation would establish:

  • A single-payer, government-funded health-care program within two years, eliminating the age 65-year-old age threshold for Medicare eligibility.
  • No charge to beneficiaries copays, premiums or deductibles.
  • Universal coverage for long-term care for people with disabilities.

Notably, the Jayapal’s proposal did not include methods to pay for the health-care reconstruction. Jayapal mentioned higher taxes on the wealthy or contributions from employers as potential ways to fund it. These ideas have fallen flat in the past. In January 2019, 56 percent of Americans favored a “Medicare-for-all” system, versus 42 percent who opposed it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Support drops for this type of scheme when Americans are told it could require most Americans to pay more in taxes or totally eliminate private insurance companies, leaving Americans with no choices.

The National Republican Congressional Committee — the House GOP’s campaign arm — called the health plan House Democrats’ “lastest socialist idea.” Sanders resurrecting and continuing to stump on this ideology as his main presidential campaign platform will continue to generate controversy between the parties.

While Sanders’ proposal has energized many, it’s also generated concern among others over how much it would cost to maintain. Sanders’ plan Wednesday does not specify a price tag, but some analysts have said it could rise up to $30 trillion over 10 years.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement after Sanders’ town hall announcement, saying the price tag for such a plan would “cripple our economy and future generations with unprecedented debt.”

“From the Green New Deal to Medicare for None, it’s ironic that so many Democrats are choosing to pivot to socialism just as Republican policies are helping create an incredible economic moment for the American people,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said of Sanders’ plan.

Lisa Duncan

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