With so much discussion of new government-controlled health insurance systems like Medicare for all, it can be tough to cut through the clutter.  Here are some key facts to keep in mind.

When politicians say “Medicare for all,” they are talking about a one-size-fits-all system that would:

Here’s what others have to say…
 
Medicare For All Would Force Americans To Pay More…
 
Independent analysts estimate the cost of Medicare for all could be more than $32 trillion over 10 years, and the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) finds that even a low-end estimate of $30 trillion over a decade “would mean increasing federal spending by about 60 percent (excluding interest)” and “require the equivalent of tripling payroll taxes or more than doubling all other taxes.

… To Wait Longer For Worse Care …
 
[P]roviders warn [Medicare for all] could significantly hurt their ability to provide adequate, widespread care.  A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office [(CBO)] reinforces this concern: ‘Such a reduction in provider payment rates would probably reduce the amount of care supplied and could also reduce the quality of care.’” (Atthar Mirza, “Would Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all save Americans money?” The Washington Post, 6/3/19)

… And Push Every American Into A One-Size-Fits-All System Run By Politicians …
 
Medicare for all “would force the roughly 150 million Americans who are insured through their employer to switch to a government-run program … Larry Levitt, a health policy expert at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, said … ‘As a practical matter, Senator Sanders’ Medicare for all bill would mean the end of private health insurance … Employer health benefits would no longer exist, and private insurance would be prohibited from duplicating the coverage under Medicare.’” (Sahil Kapur, “Kamala Harris Says ‘Medicare for All’ Wouldn’t End Private Insurance. It Would,” Bloomberg, 7/5/19)

INSTEAD, LET’S BUILD ON WHAT’S WORKING AND FIX WHAT’S BROKEN:
 
For millions of Americans, our current health care is working, even though more can and should be done to improve it. Market-based coverage like employer-provided care is working together with public programs to extend quality health care coverage to roughly 90 percent of Americans.

That’s why the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future supports building on the strength of employer-provided health coverage and preserving the crucial public programs many Americans depend upon, like Medicare and Medicaid.

Our mission is to promote solutions that provide Americans with greater affordability, expanded health care options, greater access and the benefits of critical innovation.

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