Healthcare in America has recently been a bigger issue for policymakers than it has been for the people. While the Republicans have been striving to knock down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), two Democratic senators turned out a proposal that would allow anyone to buy Medicare plans.
On Tuesday, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who is running for president, and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a co-Democratic nominee with Hilary Clinton in 2016, introduced healthcare legislation to expatiate on the Obamacare. However, the proposal abstains from the Medicare-for-all plans.
Termed as “Medicare X”; the senators claim that it is more realistic than Medicare-for-all plans, which are likely to eliminate private insurance companies and reshape the American health care system.
“I just think this is a much more practical way of trying to achieve the objective of universal coverage, and over time, a reduction in our expenditures on health care, then practically any other proposal that’s been made since the ACA was passed,” stated Bennet.
The bill came amidst the Republican-Democratic debates regarding the future plans on healthcare. As of now, the left-wing of the caucus are backing a single-payer “Medicare for all” system. Besides, the right-wing is endeavoring to replace the Obamacare.
The latest proposal by the Democratic senators would create a public option of Medicare to the original health care system, allowing people to purchase plans that would comprise of both the program’s network of health are providers and Obamacare benefits. At present, Medicare is applicable only for adults who are 65 and above, but the bill would make health care benefits valid for people of all ages.
“I see this as an attempt, a good-faith attempt, to try to address the gaps we have in our current health care system,” Bennet said.
Senators Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also supported the Medicare X. Sen. Besides, Bennet is optimistic as he stated that his Medicare plans would eventually receive support from Republicans.
Since the midterm elections of November, Healthcare has been a major subject of elections that the potential presidency candidates have been raising. While the Democrats are still considering that they would repeat the historic victory, President Trump is hopeful of winning back the House as well.
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