GOP Lawmakers Call For Hearings To Discuss Pitfalls Of ‘Medicare For All,’ But Democrats Shy Away
"Who are you kidding?" asked Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). "Oh sure, we're going to have a hearing on something that you think will destroy the country." Pallone's response was to a letter from Reps. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas) asking the committee to address the issue. Meanwhile, some 2020 Democrats are treading carefully when it comes to the controversial issue.
House Republicans Push Medicare For All Hearings While Democrats Stall
Republicans are pushing leaders of a key House committee to hold a hearing on Medicare for all, but the Democrats aren't taking the bait. Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, ranking member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, and Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, the lead Republican on the health subcommittee, pressed in a letter this week and at a hearing Wednesday to publicly explore the proposal to create a national, government-run health insurance program. (Luhby, 2/6)
2020 Dems Walk Fine Line With Support For ‘Medicare For All’
Democratic presidential contenders face a dilemma on how far to go in championing “Medicare for all.” Stopping short of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s fully government-run system risks alienating progressives, but embracing the Vermont independent’s bill opens up lines of attack around eliminating the private insurance coverage most people already have. (Sullivan, 2/7)