The House's Democrats will hold their first hearing on Medicare for All legislation on Tuesday, and put forward a far-reaching proposal that several prominent presidential candidates for 2020 have adopted – though some progressive advocates consider the hearing a "farce". and President Trump and the top republicans call the idea a socialist disaster rule.
The ET ET Rules hearing at 10 pm deals with the 2019 Medicare for All Act, which assures "all people living in the US" According to the draft bill and a summary released by Michigan Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal.
Legislation has backed more than 100 congressional co-sponsors, including New York Rep. Alexandrai Ocasio-Cortez and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have approved one version of the proposal, while Amy Klobuchar has instead supported only one public option.
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Some progressives are worried that Tuesday's hearing will be nothing more than a "counseling theater" and Wendell Primus, a top spokeswoman for house spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, was reportedly involved in planning the hearing, Medicare for All commented dismissively.
In February, Primus reportedly told insurance managers that they should not worry about the Democrats pushing through the proposal.
Pelosi said she was an "agnostic" on this issue, openly wondering in a February interview with Rolling Stone magazine, "How do you pay?"
Republicans have invited as a witness Charles Blahous, a senior researcher at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University, to answer that very question. Blahous has published a study stating that the plan would increase government spending on health over the past ten years by $ 32.6 trillion, leading to historic tax hikes.
These tax increases, Blahous said, would only offset the costs by about $ 2 trillion. Blahous later complained that Ocasio-Cortez misinterpreted his study to argue that Medicare for All would save money.
The Republicans have also asked the President of the Galen Institute, Grace-Marie Turner, for a statement. Turner warned in a last month of the possible consequences of the potential consequences: "Everyone would have to give up his current cover, including 173 million Americans who have health insurance at work, and taxes would be much higher to finance $ 32 trillion in the last year amounted to 3.4 trillion US dollars. "
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in turn have the economist Dean Baker, the doctor Farzon Nahvi, the founder of Be a Hero Ady Barkan and others invited.
However, a Huffington Post report noted that "Medicare for All advocates" could actually be screwed because several of them are affected Democrats are not really supporting Medicare for All. The Pelosi office has objected that the Regulatory Committee was free to select witnesses at its discretion.
"How do you pay that?"
An anonymous person who was proposed As a witness of the Regulatory Committee but rejected, he wondered if the hearing would not simply be a "farce" to the Affordable Care Act defend instead of advancing Medicare for All.
With the current Republican majority in the Senate The proposal has no chance for transit at the moment. In an interview with Fox News earlier this month, Mitch McConnnell, chairman of the US Senate, promised to be the "grim reaper" of ideas such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal while in office. McConnell is available for re-election in 2020.
Tuesday's hearing follows a report by the Medicare and Social Security government overseers of the finances of the central and working class government pension programs. Americans remain shaky. Medicare pointed to bankruptcy until 2026.
"I am proud to announce this historic hearing on Medicare legislation for all," said the chairman of the regulatory committee, James P. McGovern, D-Mass. "We have made tremendous progress over the years in extending health care, especially with the approval of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans, but we have more to do, and that's why I'm proud of it It is a serious suggestion that must be seriously considered on Capitol Hill while we work towards full coverage. "
Jayapal added," There is no other developed land on earth that This is as fragmented and costly as ours The health consequences and barriers to care in America are the worst in the developed world Health care is a human right and I am proud that the Regulatory Committee has this hearing on Medicare For All Act will hold as these majority ways of strengthening our health systems discussed for everyone.
Restricting her comments on Medicare, White's press spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday's report – of three cabinet chiefs and the Social Security Commissioner – underlined the need for "legitimate" lawmakers working with the government Cross-party changes work to reduce costs, avoid fraud and abuse, and preserve the program for future generations.
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Sanders used the Opportunity to criticize Democrat calls for extension of Medicare state healthcare takeover ", which would cut out private-sector options, jeopardize access to health care for seniors and further burden the federal budget.
The topic becomes central issue In the 2020 election, a survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs found that support for Medicare for All is mainly focused on Democrats – not the independents who hold the key to the White House could have.
The study found that Democrats enjoy a 17-point advantage over the Republicans in the ratings of Americans they trust more when dealing with healthcare, 40% to 23%. This compares with a more evenly split public opinion about which party would better engage with other key areas of national policy, including business, immigration and foreign affairs.
Chad Pergram and The Associated Press of Fox News Contributed to This Report