Sen. Bernie Sanders to Unveil Proposal for Government-Run Healthcare for All

AP FACT CHECK No consensus on government-paid health care

AP FACT CHECK No consensus on government-paid health care

Bill Cassidy ripped into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Chris Murphy of CT, whose staff has reportedly worked with Sanders on the legislation, have also expressed support for the idea of Medicare for All.

"You will no longer be writing checks to your private insurance company". In the last few months, you have shown the American people what you stand for, when you voted for legislation to throw 32 million Americans off of the health insurance they now have, while giving huge tax breaks to the rich and large corporations. But other politically imperiled incumbent Democrats have said no to Sanders. Sen. But the outreach came with a warning.

"To my Republican colleagues, please don't lecture us on health care", Sanders roared to applause from the dozens of activists in the room.

"Sen. [Chuck] Schumer thinks if you give decisions back to states and back to people, it takes the power out of Washington, and boy, the Democrats don't like that", said Barrasso.

He said moving to a single-payer program would "simplify health care and lower patients' costs". The survey did not address the cost or tax implications of taking that course. "Single-payer, in which the government would pay for nearly all medical bills, "'is where the country has got to go, '" Sanders said in an interview at his Senate office.

Oncology nurse, Melissa: "It is immoral for anyone to profit off people who need care".

For now, however, it's shaping up to be more of a talking point for the party than a reality.

Under Sanders' proposal, Americans would receive a "Universal Medicare card" that would be a ticket to comprehensive health care services, including hospital stays, doctor visits, substance abuse treatment, dental, vision and reproductive care - including abortion. Consumers may have to pay up to $250 out-of-pocket for prescription drugs, with incentives to use generic medications. It will be addressed in separate legislation, an adviser to Sanders told CNN. It would replace private health insurance markets and have the federal government foot all medical bills. "What I can say is we are going to be listing a number of revenue-raising proposals, which will generate more than enough money for what we want to do".

The $32 trillion figure was based on the Urban Institute's analysis of Sanders' 2016 campaign plan. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Martin said she's proud of the system, and she's hardly alone. But if you are a middle-class person, you will be paying less overall for health care and taxes than you are paying today.

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The talk on Wednesday was broad, with little mention of the financial mechanics needed to propel such a massive program. It's an expensive plan, but one that warrants renewed consideration. 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.

In the third year, the eligibility threshold would drop to 35 years old. He's not given details of the likely cost or how, exactly, he'd pay for it. That's a huge change over the past two decades, when a single-payer plan was opposed by 53% of the public, according to Kaiser's data.

The Affordable Care Act has also failed to live up to expectations: This summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated their per-capita cost projections for the Medicaid expansion to be 50 percent higher than previous projections. Bernie Sanders has set the marker down for the party in which he ran for president but that he resolutely declines to join.

Harris was the first to announce plans to cosponsor the bill, followed by Warren. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey.

"I don't think this bill will go anywhere", said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced her support.

A GOP senator raised the issue at a news conference Tuesday, without being asked. Chris Murphy of CT and Ohio's Sherrod Brown.

But single payer is not the answer. And before you say, "Well, the system works fairly well in Canada and throughout Europe", keep in mind that Sanders' vision includes building a system that would be even more generous to beneficiaries than our neighbors' to the north.

She called the bill's introduction a "direct product of how Sen. Sanders for his long leadership on this issue".

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