MSNBC: Biden’s Public Option ‘Essentially A Back Door To Medicare For All’
WASHINGTON – As former Vice President Joe Biden rolls out his proposal for a new government health insurance system through a “public option,” Jonathan Allen of NBC News reminds us that such an approach is “a back door” to one-size-fits-all health care.
“The public option is essentially a back door to Medicare for all,” Allen said on MSNBC today. “You can say all day long if you want it’s not Medicare for all. But this is a different packaging of how to get there. In a general election, that’s a different question.”
A recent study found that government insurance systems like the one Biden proposes could force hospitals to limit the care they provide, produce significant “layoffs” and “potentially force the closure of essential hospitals.” And other research reveals the significant risks to hospitals and patients posed by so-called “moderate” alternatives to Medicare for all, such as “public option” or “Medicare buy-in” proposals. One study found that “[f]or hospitals, the introduction of a public plan that reimburses providers using Medicare rates would compound financial stresses they are already facing, potentially impacting access to care and provider quality.”