You heard ideas on Medicare for All in the debates of the Democratic Party presidential challengers. The U.S. House of Representatives recently held a hearing on the matter. Proponents say it is about time and opponents — and that includes a lot of Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — say at $33 trillion over a decade, it’s too expensive and not workable.
Of the leading candidates for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris support the idea and don’t want to leave much room for private insurers to participate.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg want a government option — a government insurance company — that works alongside private insurers. The consumer gets to choose which one they want.
Referring back to what happened when President Obama promised this for ObamaCare, most of us — according to a Morning Consult/Politico survey — like the idea of Medicare for All if we can keep our own doctors.
While not an overwhelming majority, when told Medicare for All would reduce the role of private insurers in healthcare but you can keep your doctor, the figure is significant at 55%.
When just told the system would only diminish the role of private insurers the support figure fell to 46%.
• 77% of Democrats want it
• 50% of Independents want it
• 27% of Republicans want it
A different poll — one done by the Kaiser Family Foundation — says most of us don’t really have a clue about how Medicare for All will work. In spite of stories and information outlining that these things will go away:
• 69% said people will still pay premiums, deductibles and copays
• 55% think people with private insurance will get to keep their plans
• Those private plans — as you know — go away with Medicare for All
• 54% think individuals and employers will keep paying premiums
As for who understands and who doesn’t, Republicans have a better understanding of the plan than Democrats:
• Just 24% of Democrats know people will not be able to keep their private plans
• 53% of Republicans know they won’t be able to keep those plans
In the focus groups — and once they understood the Medicare for All plan — Kaiser said many were skeptical that private insurance would go away. Many feel these companies are too powerful and will be there for those wanting extra coverage.
Lastly, questions on cost. Kaiser did find that 78% of those polled understand that taxes will increase for most of us if the plan is eventually adopted.
On the subject of healthcare, theTrump administration is continuing its effort to totally overturn the Affordable Care Act. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is hearing — as you read this, or shortly before you read this — the case of the 20 Republican-led states that filed the suit to overturn the law based on the tax reforms passed in 2017.
It did away with the individual mandate.
Texas-based U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the Republican led states and said since the individual mandate is gone, ObamaCare is unconstitutional and the law invalid.
Democratic Party led attorneys general in 20 states filed an appeal. That appeal is what is being heard in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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