Under Democrats’ Medicare for all idea, 157M people would lose health insurance
Stephen Moore, Contributor, Dallas Morning News | Opinion – Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday that Democrats were telling us that under Obamacare, “if you like your doctor and if you like your health plan you can keep it?”
That was a nice sales pitch to voters, even though it turned out to be a lie.
Millions of Americans lost affordable insurance plans that were abolished under the Affordable Care Act.
Still, people liked the idea that poor people would get health coverage and everyone else could keep the medical care they have.
No more. When Sen. Bernie Sanders and seemingly half the Democrats running for re-election promise “Medicare for all,” they mean exactly what they say. This is a health plan for ALL — everybody is tossed in the swimming pool.
Think about that. The Department of Health and Human Services now tells us that some 157 million Americans with employer health plans — that’s more than the entire U.S. population west of the Mississippi River — would be forced into Medicare.
If you don’t like that idea, tough. Bernie knows what’s best for you.
Democrats are denying this is true, but in the Nancy Pelosi tradition, they haven’t read their own bill.
There are several variations of Medicare for All, but one prominent version makes private plans that would compete with Medicare illegal.
Under Title VIII, Section 801 of the Medicare for All Act of 2017, the bill specifies that “no employee benefit plan may provide benefits that duplicate payment for any items or services for which payment may be made under Medicare.”
In other words, employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees, and their families. (Sec. 107, Sec. 522).
Medicare already imposes all sorts of restrictions on private health plans for seniors that would compete with and undercut Uncle Sam. This is what “single payer” means … Read more.
Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks. His new book, co-authored with Arthur Laffer, is “Trumponomics.” He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.