As Medicare for All Gets Its First Hearing, Democrats Are Divided

As Medicare for All Gets Its First Hearing, Democrats Are Divided

The House Rules Committee on Tuesday will hold the first-ever hearing on the Medicare for All universal healthcare proposal. A RAND study on single-payer legislation under consideration in NY state found that health care costs would be dramatically lower for low and middle income people, with only individuals earning above $134,000 (or $276,000 for a family of four) paying more than they do now. They want a healthcare system which will lower healthcare costs and save them money. Establishing an interoperable IT system under a single-payer system would have numerous same challenges as establishing an interoperable IT system in the current health care system with its many different providers and vendors. We believe that physicians working together, backed by integrated services, systems and data and technology, can best shape and guide the way care is delivered so that the welfare of the patient is always the primary focus.

Indeed, health care costs and availability continue to poll at the top of voter concerns.

For all the political machinations and sometimes overheated rhetoric about a major overhaul of the US health system, the hearing itself was remarkably unremarkable - with witnesses both for and against the idea of the federal government providing health coverage to all Americans calmly discussing the pros and cons.

Today, roughly 90 percent of Americans are covered, and more than 217 million benefit from private coverage - including 180 million who receive coverage through their employers and 10 million who shopped for coverage in the marketplaces past year. But the partisan differences are stark, with 49 percent of Democrats but only 12 percent of Republicans agreeing with that idea.

"There are a lot of people who work in the private insurance industry", Jayapal said during a town hall at American University captured on video by America Rising.

The House Rules Committee heard six hours of testimony on the Medicare for All Act of 2019, a proposal introduced by Democratic Reps.

That's because the hearing took place not at one of three major committees that oversee health policy in the House, but in the ornate - and comparatively miniature - hearing room of the House Rules Committee. And the House Ways and Means Committee has agreed to hold a hearing on Medicare for All legislation put forth by House progressives.

Neal said Monday that his panel may at some point hold a hearing addressing "expanded access" to heath care that includes discussion of Medicare for All.

It has zero chances in the Republican-led Senate.

Four for the Democratic nomination of Sanders' senators and rivals have been put to sign on the health care proposal. That would inevitably mean higher taxes, and Republicans were quick to note the plan would upend the deep-rooted system of private insurance. Some, such as Jayapal and Sen.

Congressional budget experts said Wednesday that moving to a government-run health care system like "Medicare for All" could be complicated and potentially disruptive for Americans. Bernie Sanders has introduced a similar plan in the upper chamber. Medicare for All would create a unified, single- payer plan system.

However, there are a number of ways such a system could be implemented and therefore, according to analysis released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it is hard to say how much it would cost to implement.

For an issue that can arouse considerable passion, Tuesday's hearing maintained a respectful tone among Democratic and Republican lawmakers and the witnesses invited by both parties.

Single-payer health care doesn't have a path to advance in Congress for now. But the transition to a standardized IT system across all providers would require considerable efforts, such as reaching a consensus for a standard among stakeholders, enforcing that standard, and addressing privacy issues related to data sharing.

Among advocates with different views of exactly how Medicare-for-all should be designed, the idea of health care as a right is a unifying thread.

The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private health care financing to a system paid for entirely by the government.

Roosevelt died the following year, his goal unrealized, but his widow, Eleanor Roosevelt, was a force behind the United Nations' adoption in 1948 of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which said that everyone has the right to adequate medical care.

"It's thoughtful. People aren't grandstanding", the Florida Democrat said.

Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee organization has threatened to support a primary challenge against Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal of MA if he refuses to hold hearings on the plan.

In the 2008 presidential election, then-Sen.

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