Idea That All Hospitals Would Close Under ‘Medicare For All’ May Be A Snappy Talking Point But It Rings False
Former congressman John Delaney said at the Democratic presidential candidate debate that because of Medicare rates, if "Medicare for All" was enacted, all hospitals would close. The Washington Post Fact Checker explains why that's not really true.
The Washington Post Fact Checker:
Would Medicare-For-All Mean Hospitals For None?
In a crowded stage featuring many candidates who support Medicare-for-all, Delaney stood out with a doomsday prediction that it would force all hospitals to close. Shifting the U.S. health-care industry to a single-payer system such as Medicare-for-all would be a huge endeavor, and it’s impossible to foresee every potential consequence. But we couldn’t find any expert or research study supporting the former Maryland congressman’s claim that Medicare-for-all would cause widespread hospital closures. (Rizzo, 7/3)
Previous KHN coverage: Delaney’s Debate Claim That ‘Medicare For All’ Will Shutter Hospitals Goes Overboard
Poll: Most Favor Medicare For All If They Can Keep Their Doctors
A majority of voters support "Medicare for all" if they can keep their doctors, even if that means a diminished role for private insurance, a new poll finds. The Morning Consult/Politico survey reports that 55 percent of voters support a Medicare for all system when told it would diminish the role of private insurers but that people could keep their doctors. (Sullivan, 7/2)