For Americans Who Spend Eye-Popping Amounts On Health Care, ‘Medicare For All’ Is A Good Deal. For Others, It’s Complicated.
The 181 million taxpayers with employer-sponsored coverage could miss out on the benefits of 2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan. And even those receiving Medicaid could pay more, health policy analysts tell Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Sanders emerged out of the debates as the front-runner in terms of who Americans see as the strongest candidate on health care.
Bernie Sanders Health Plan: Will $10,000 Tax Hike Save You Money?
Senator Bernie Sanders says most people in America will have to pay more in taxes to pay for his Medicare-for-All plan. But he insists that’s a good deal -- and will save people money overall by lowering health costs. For many Americans, though, that would not be true. Households that spend a lot on health care already would be most likely to see the benefit. But for many, higher taxes would exceed any savings. (Davison, 7/2)
CNN Poll: Democrats See Sanders As The Best To Handle Health Care
About half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want the government to provide a national health insurance program, but don't want it to completely replace private insurance, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS out Monday. Yet, the candidate who is seen as the strongest on health care is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the candidate who unapologetically backs "Medicare for All" and wants to see the end of the private insurance industry. When asked which Democratic candidate for president can best handle health care, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents supported Sanders above the rest (26%). (Sparks, 7/1)
Nixing Private Insurance Divides 'Medicare For All' Candidates
Some Democratic presidential candidates who say they support “Medicare for All” are walking a tightrope on whether to fully embrace a key portion of the proposal that calls for eliminating private insurance. Only a few White House hopefuls raised their hands when asked at last week’s debates if they were willing to abolish private insurers, even though others who were on the stage have publicly backed legislation from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) which would do just that. (Weixel, 7/2)