WASHINGTON – The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future issued the following statement regarding today’s hearing in the U.S. House Committee on the Budget on enacting a one-size-fits all government-run health care system, also known as “Medicare for all,” which would cost families trillions, diminish the quality of care, and eliminate patient choice, while placing decisions in the hands of Washington bureaucrats:

“While more can and should be done towards our goal of making quality care accessible to all, scrapping every American’s existing health coverage for a one-size-fits-all government-run system would be a disaster for patients, families and taxpayers,” said Lauren Crawford Shaver, the Partnership’s executive director.  “A Medicare for all system would do away with the foundations of American health care – including the Affordable Care Act, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare and Medicaid – and leave Americans with no choice other than a one-size-fit-all system run by Washington.

“As the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office recently warned, under such a system, Americans’ access to quality health care would be threatened, and patients could face longer wait times, less access to care, a shortage of medical professionals like doctors and nurses, and even hospital closures.  Not only that, a Medicare for all system would also cost American families trillions of dollars in higher taxes.

“And while so-called ‘buy-in’ or ‘public option’ schemes have been floated as a more ‘moderate’ alternative to Medicare for all, it is critical for Americans to understand that these new government insurance systems would expand at-risk public programs and are designed to be a slippery slope to a one-size-fits-all system run by the government that takes away consumers’ choices, threatens patients’ access to quality care and passes unaffordable costs on to taxpayers.

“With roughly 90 percent of Americans now covered and a majority satisfied with their current health care, our leaders should be pursuing practical, constructive solutions to expand access and bring costs under control using the powerful tools already at their disposal – not forcing each and every American into a one-size-fits-all system that would take away their choices, put their health care decisions in the hands of Washington bureaucrats, diminish their quality of care and increase costs.  We need to focus on improving and building upon what works in American health care, while coming together to fix what doesn’t.”

KEY POINTS FROM THE CBO’S REPORT:  

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