Sanders Bill Would Expand Medicare During Covid-19 Crisis Instead of Costlier Plan to Prop Up Private Insurers
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“During this public health crisis, we must make sure that everyone in America is able to receive all of the medical care they need, regardless of their income, immigration status, or insurance coverage. No one in this country should be afraid to go to the doctor because of the cost—especially during a pandemic,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement. “The American people deserve an emergency healthcare response that is simple, straightforward, comprehensive, and cost-effective.”
“We should empower Medicare to pay all of the medical bills of the uninsured and the underinsured—including prescription drugs—for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic,” he added. “When so many people in this country are struggling economically and terrified at the thought of becoming sick, the federal government has a responsibility to take the burden of healthcare costs off the backs of the American people. The legislation we are introducing today does just that.”
The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act (pdf), which Sanders first announced last month with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), is co-sponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
The bill—which would also immediately halt all medical debt collection, limit prescription drug prices, and prohibit private insurance companies from decreasing coverage—comes as unemployment claims since mid-March topped 36 million and an estimated 16.2 million people have lost their employer-based health insurance.
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May 16, 2020 at 6:10 PM #316110ThouArtThatParticipant
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And as we have seen in just the last week, there is no chance that anything Bernie proposes will gain traction with his colleagues. Just more faux window dressing that provides the illusion of a fight. Sad state of affairs in America today.
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May 16, 2020 at 9:19 PM #316156jwirrParticipant
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What you see as window dressing by Bernie is more than that. For every bill that the damned Ds and Rs ignore because Bernie has something to do with it is evidence of why we should vote against them. The new stimulus bill is an example. The Ds (progressives) did what they could – by refusing to pass the bill the Rs and tRump have taken ownership of the problem.
I realize that this does not do us any good because as progressives we are going to lose in 2020 but there is always 2022 & 2024. They will have to run on what they own then.
May 16, 2020 at 8:02 PM #316133
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