MEMORANDUM

To: Interested Parties
From: Lauren Crawford Shaver, Partnership for America’s Health Care Future
Re: Three Key Points On Medicare For All
Date: June 11, 2019

As the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means prepares to conduct a hearing tomorrow that will “cover Medicare for all and ‘other potential pathways to universal coverage,’” the rhetoric of those in favor of a one-size-fits-all health care system continues to run counter to reality.  For those paying attention to tomorrow’s proceedings, here are three key points to keep in mind.

1) The Push For ‘Medicare For All’ Is Stalled:

While proponents of Medicare for all continue to claim that momentum is growing behind their proposed one-size-fits-all government-run system, news reports reveal that the opposite is true.

2) Americans Don’t Want To Pay More To Wait Longer For Worse Care:

Polling shows that many Americans don’t know what Medicare for all is – and when they learn what it means for them, majorities oppose it.

3) So-Called “Moderate” Fallback Proposals – Like “Buy-In” Or “Public Option” Systems – Would Ultimately Lead To The Same Bad Results:

As Medicare for all “falters,” some elected officials and 2020 presidential hopefuls are turning to so-called “moderate” fallback proposals – often branded “public option” or “Medicare buy-in.”  In reality, these proposed government insurance schemes would lead to the same result Americans reject: a one-size-fits-all health care system run by Washington.

While those arguing in favor of Medicare for all and other government-run systems will do their best to distort these facts before, during and after tomorrow’s Ways and Means hearing, those covering the proceedings shouldn’t let their rhetoric distract from reality.  With roughly 90 percent of Americans now covered and a majority satisfied with their coverage and care, our leaders should be building and improving upon what is working, not putting forth destructive proposals to upend Americans’ care and start from scratch with a one-size-fits-all government-run system.