Pramila Jayapal Leads House Dems in New Medicare for All Push
Medicare for All has gained steam among some of the leading 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, and more Americans have signaled they are open to the idea. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) will formally unveil new Medicare for All legislation today. Jayapal’s bill, which has more than 100 cosponsors, would phase out nearly all private health insurance and limit that type of insurance to plans that provide supplemental benefits not covered by Medicare -- though Medicare would expand to cover abortion, prescription drugs, and dental and vision services, and more. The legislation would direct all to the Medicare program within two years regardless of age and would not require any deductibles or copays. It would, however, not do away with the Veterans Administration or the Indian Health Service. “This Medicare for All bill really makes it clear what we mean by Medicare for all,” Jayapal said. “We mean a system where there are no private insurance companies that provide these core comprehensive benefits.” The bill did not include a price tag or information on how it would be paid for. More here.