WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) just introduced his latest, one-size-fits all, government run health care plan. The leading Democratic presidential candidate’s “Medicare for All” plan has been co-sponsored by 14 Democrat Senators, including four of his fellow 2020 presidential candidates. This is the Democratic Party of today.
If you like your current coverage through your employer or union? Too bad. Medicare? Nope. Medicaid? Certainly not. Bernie’s plan will eliminate all private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and shove every American into a single-payer, totally government-run health care system.
Bernie even said private insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield would “be reduced to nose jobs.”
.@edokeefe: “What happens to insurance companies after your plan is implemented…?"
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “If you want cosmetic surgeries. Under Medicare For All, we cover all basic healthcare needs.”
O'Keefe: “So basically Blue Cross Blue Shield would be reduced to nose jobs?” pic.twitter.com/ZPNSbgpT0g
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) April 9, 2019
More than half of House Democrats, 107 co-sponsors, support similar Medicare for All legislation, led by the ever-so-patient Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). She is still awaiting the hearings Speaker Pelosi promised her.
Energy and Commerce Republicans agree that we need hearings on the Democrats plan for health care, and given E&C’s broad health care jurisdiction, we have a responsibility to review any health care proposal that is supported by so many members of the House majority.
The American people need to fully understand the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all, government run health care plan. They need to understand the more than $32 trillion price tag for such a plan. As Bernie said, “damn right” they need to understand, that it ends employer sponsored health care, causing the 158 million Americans who get their health care through their job or union to lose their current coverage. They need to understand how we’d all wait longer for worse care. Seniors need to fully understand how this plan does away with popular Medicare Advantage Plans, and what impacts this proposal could have on access to their doctors. And they need to understand if it’s true that “if you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too” so they will be able to afford the outrageous taxes associated with Medicare for All.