Sanders resurrects ‘Medicare for All’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I‑VT) has reintroduced the Medicare for All Act, a bill that would eliminate private health insurance in exchange for a government-funded system.
Sanders, a socialist who caucuses with Democrats, resurrected the plan, which has in the past been the source of immense conflict within the party. Sanders’s bill would eliminate deductibles, copays, and plan premiums while giving everyone health coverage and massively increasing federal spending.
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“Frankly, I am tired of talking to doctors who tell me about the patients who have died because they were uninsured or underinsured and walked into their offices too late for untreatable conditions,” Sanders said Thursday.
Sanders’s sweeping bill would also include dental and vision care as well as hearing aids, which are not currently covered by traditional Medicare or the government healthcare program for seniors. The legislation would also guarantee coverage of prescription drugs as well as home- and community-based care.
The plan would be phased in gradually over a four-year period. In the first year of implementation, benefits would expand to include hearing, vision, and dental coverage, and the Medicare eligibility age would be lowered by 10 years to 55. The eligibility age would be lowered further to 45 in the second year and to 35 in the third. All the while, children under 18 would be covered. By the fourth …