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ICYMI: Washington Examiner: Here’s how Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ proposal would outlaw private healthcare plans


10.12.18

WASHINGTON, DC Health care is a complicated topic, often littered with misinformation. The Washington Examiner worked to clear up some confusion surrounding one particular aspect of the Democrat’s “Medicare For All” plan that cannot be refuted – it is simply single payer heath care, and an outright ban on private health insurance plans.

Here’s how Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ proposal would outlaw private healthcare plans

By: Philip Klein

When President Trump declared in a USA Today op-ed that the Democrats’ “Medicare for all” proposal would “outlaw” private health insurance, CNN’s Jim Acosta indignantly tweeted that this was “false.” But reading the text of the leading proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders makes clear that Trump’s op-ed was correct.

First, some background. Trump took to USA Today on Wednesday to attack socialized healthcare, an idea that is gaining traction among leading Democrats. I criticized the op-ed for pushing the talking point that such proposals would threaten traditional Medicare, because making this argument muddies the philosophical argument against government-run healthcare and does damage to the cause of entitlement reform.

But Acosta attacked the op-ed for mendacity:

This column may break the record for the number of falsehoods from a President ever published in a newspaper op-Ed. Just this tweet alone is false – “outlaw private health care plans” and “letting anyone cross our border” Huh? Fact check: false and false. Come on USA Today. https://t.co/1SPKMztmJL

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 10, 2018

Now, here we have one of those instances in which a tweet from USA Today is using shorthand for something that’s described in more detail in the article. The op-ed says, “It is right there in their proposed legislation: Democrats outlaw private health plans that offer the same benefits as the government plan.” This is, in fact, 100 percent accurate.

Sanders in 2017 offered a plan that was cosponsored by at least four other potential Democratic presidential candidates: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris. These senators occupy five out of six of the top slots in a power ranking of the 2020 field compiled by Acosta’s CNN colleague, Chris Cillizza. So, it’s fair to look to the bill as representing where leading Democrats want to head on healthcare.

When considering how the bill treats private insurance, it’s worth drawing a distinction between how it would handle existing private plans and future private plans.

Read the full article online HERE.

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