WASHINGTON – The Partnership for America’s Health Care Future issued the following statement regarding the introduction of a Medicare for All-style proposal in the U.S. Senate and House today by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.):
“We can all agree that every American deserves access to affordable health coverage and high-quality care, but this proposal – whether you call it Medicare for All, Medicare buy-in, single-payer or a public option – moves us toward a one-size-fits-all health care system that is wrong for America. Today, approximately 90 percent of Americans are covered, and more than 180 million receive affordable, quality care through their employer. American patients have strong legal protections for pre-existing conditions, a high level of choice and control over their doctors and treatments, and polls show they rate their care highly. So, rather than upending that important progress, we should come together to build upon all that is working and fix what is broken in our current system,” said Lauren Crawford Shaver, Executive Director.