'Everybody In, Nobody Out': What We Know So Far About the Medicare for All Act of 2019

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/07/everybody-nobody-out-what-we-know-so-far-about-medicare-all-act-2019

      HR 676, the Medicare for All bill filed in the House of Representatives for the past fifteen years, was a “messaging” bill. It was intended to outline the key features of what a Medicare for All system would look like and to serve as a rallying point for the growing single payer movement. Many of its laudable features were little more than bullet points describing the essential components of such a system.

      “The new bill—which will be filed as the Medicare for All Act of 2019—is more than 120 pages long and tries to flesh out the elements of a Medicare for All system in a comprehensive fashion.”

      The new bill—which will be filed as the Medicare for All Act of 2019—is more than 120 pages long (HR 676, by contrast, ran 30 pages from start to finish) and tries to flesh out the elements of a Medicare for All system in a comprehensive fashion. This is in expectation that the bill will receive serious consideration and review by the appropriate Congressional committees. It incorporates many new provisions and elaborates on the bullet points in HR 676.

      Below are what we believe to be the essential features of a real Medicare for All program, and how we understand the new bill will address them:

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      eridani
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      Nothing Short of Medicare for All in 2020

      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/07/nothing-short-medicare-all-2020

      In the prelude to 2020, Democrats have put several health care plans on the table, all them claiming to serve those left behind by the ACA. Sanders and Jayapal’s plans are the only ones that are truly universal, though they all advertise expanded coverage and “access.”

      What “access” really means, in Democratic parlance, is that people can buy affordable health insurance — they’re just not guaranteed affordable health care. Sanders and Jayapal excepted, all the proposed plans offer some combination of private and public insurance, which results in a fragmented system that does not contain costs and leaves drug and insurance companies in the driver’s seat.

      The high price of deductibles, co-pays, and premiums is part of the reason why so many people remain underinsured under the ACA. The ACA did not break the link between health care and employment, and employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) premiums have been going up for decades as employers shift more and more costs onto their employees. Sanders and Jayapal’s bills are the only ones in the mix that do not involve cost-sharing.

      And, by delinking health care from employment, their bills not only address the problem of unaffordable premiums, but also ensure that workers no longer have to stay at jobs they dislike just to keep their health care benefits. Under their plans, no American would have to delay or forego treatment because of an inability to pay, and no one would have to declare bankruptcy due to high medical costs.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      2020 Candidates Will Have to Choose a Side—the Health Insurance Industry or the People

      https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/02/07/2020-candidates-will-have-choose-side-health-insurance-industry-or-people

      o be clear, we’ve arrived at this moment where Medicare for All is a leading presidential campaign issue because a movement of everyday people — nurses, patients, activists, families, community organizations — has spent decades fighting to advance Medicare for All. And that movement is only growing.

      From Feb. 9 to 13, Medicare for All activists from throughout the U.S. will be gathering at 130 barnstorms, sponsored by NNU, to learn the ins and outs of organizing our communities. We’ll be driving calls to our legislators to sign on to Rep. Jayapal’s bill. And together, we will be growing our collective power, in unprecedented numbers.

      The health insurance industry and health-care corporations can buy politicians and the media, but what they will never have is our thousands of grassroots volunteers — on the ground, advancing the people’s Medicare for All movement, neighbor by neighbor, conversation by conversation.

      We’re already seeing the health-care industry roll out its Medicare for All attacks for 2020, using the same old, tired arguments: If we just keep tweaking market-based care, it will work for everyone (it never will); change is too scary (we change all the time, as our society evolves and advances); we’ll never pay for it (studies have shown Medicare for All will save the people of America money).

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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