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'Medicare for All' Proposal
Aug 3, 2018 at 01:11 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • Last September Senator Bernie Sanders, along with 16 cosponsors, introduced a Medicare-for-All bill in the Senate.
  • The Medicare-for-All proposal would create a federally administered single-payer health care program, with the aim of providing universal health care coverage in the United States. 
  • This week, the Mercatus Center, a libertarian-leaning policy center, released a study estimating the 10-year cost of Sanders’ Medicare-for-All from 2022 to 2031. According to the study, the plan would increase government health spending by $32.6 trillion.
  • Senator Sanders addressed the report in a statement, saying: “This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for All’ program.
  • Some claim the results of the Mercatus Center are correct, but that the figure is still lower than comprehensive health care cost projections without the proposal.

Food For Thought

Is the inclusive vision of ‘Medicare for All’ worth the $13 trillion government and taxpayer expense? Is this the best solution to America's healthcare problem?

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