This post was last updated on February 27th, 2019 at 08:37 am
While the United States is heading towards the 59th quadrennial presidential elections, members of both Republican and Democratic Party are striving to bring in a reform that would win hearts of all the Americans. In one such move on Sunday, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a potential presidential candidate, demanded an expansion in Medicare for people over 50 years.
Brown’s push for “Medicare at 50” came in contradiction to “Medicare for all”, which is a popular preference of most Democratic nominees for 2020 elections. However, the Ohio Senator believes that the universal government coverage isn’t practical.
On CNN’s “State of the Union” on February 17, Brown said that he wishes to “help people now”. As per the reports, the proposal would generate a voluntary buy-in to Medicare for people who are 50-years-old or above.
Brown said he wished “to expand Medicare to 50”. He was positive as he added that if enough people support his scheme, it would witness an influx of many people, including those at the age of 58 and 62 and have lost their jobs or insurance.
He expressed optimism over the success of his plan, and said that with time it would broaden covering many more Americans.
On the other hand, several other prominent Democratic Senators, who are running or considering to bid for presidential nomination, have stood in support of “Medicare for all”. These include, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).
However, Brown considers that the scheme is difficult and suggested that it would hinder his goal of helping people now.
“I think that’s difficult,” Brown said. “I want to help people now. That’s why you do Medicare at 50.”
As far as people under 50 years old are considered, Brown pushed to fix what he considers as problems with the Affordable Care Act. He reiterated his thoughts of helping people, stating that it doesn’t mean repealing ObamaCare. He rather meant building on the Act and ensuring to fix the consumer protections for pre-existing conditions.
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