Since this is such a politically-charged topic, I try my best to steer clear of the discussion.
However as we get closer to the 2020 election it is important that everyone starts to get educated on the "Medicare For All" proposals that are being discussed.
KFF.org released an article last week that provides a nice summary of each of the options being discussed, which range from a complete Single Payer Plan (everything is free for everyone) to a public option for the ACA Plans, to Medicare Buy-In Option. The KFF article provides a lot of detail, and I have just provided my thoughts below.
Medicare-For-All Single Payer; e.g. Sanders Plan - S. 1129
Public Plan through ACA Marketplace; e.g. Cardin's Plan - S. 3
Medicare Buy-In Options, e.g. Stabenow's Plan S. 470
What Should we Do?
I completely agree that our Health Care system is flawed in this country and we need some significant improvements. Some key areas, I believe we need to address are below:
This is by no means a fully comprehensive Plan. However, I believe these are some of the key areas that we need to focus on to improve our Health Care system.
With any proposal you study, be sure to ask yourself... What impact would this have on the current Medicare beneficiaries (who are generally very satisfied with their coverage)?
See bio here