The Obamacare Fight IS OVER – Now It's On To UNIVERSAL MEDICARE
The Obamacare Fight IS OVER – Now It’s On To UNIVERSAL MEDICARE
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The bill starts by sweetening the pot for seniors who may be wary about welcoming the rest of the country into their warm pool. It eliminates copays and deductions, except for name-brand drugs when generics are available, and adds dental, vision, and hearing aid coverage to Medicare where it didn’t exist before — huge benefits that have long been a goal of public health advocates.
At the same time, people aged zero to 18 would be eligible for the coverage in the first year. In year two, the eligibility age would be lowered to 45. The next year, it would drop again to 35. In year four, the age restrictions would be eliminated.
Importantly, Sanders’ bill repeals the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions, as it relates to funding for universal Medicare. That means that those covered would have full access to the entire suite of reproductive health care services, including abortion coverage. His is the only single-payer legislation currently on the table that moves so strongly in the direction of the reproductive health care choice.
The history of the expansion of the New Deal shows that once benefits have been enacted, they are difficult to take away. Opponents of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have been working to cut or privatize all three since the day each was enacted, but instead each has grown over time. (The major exception was Aid to Families with Dependent Children, better known as welfare, which was repealed in 1996.)
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