Democrats kick off 'historic' hearing on Medicare for All

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Jayapal's comments arise as the House Rules Committee held a hearing Tuesday on her and Rep. "There are only so many doctors and so many nurses, and when you're talking about putting people into the system without addressing those things, care will deteriorate". Five of the nine Democrats on the panel, commonly referred to as the "Speaker's committee", have endorsed the bill, while four have not.

"Bernie Sanders reintroduces his own" Medicare for All" legislation to create a government-run health insurance plan, 1 co-sponsor in the previous time won't be together with him. "Health care was a winning issue for Democrats in 2018", says Axios's Caitlin Owens, "and the party is still trying to figure out what would be a winning health care message in 2020 - playing it safe or swinging for the Medicare for All fences". Whether overall health-care spending would rise or fall - and how numerous 29 million uninsured residents would gain coverage - hinges on complex choices that policymakers would confront, the report says.

CBO on Wednesday weighed into debate with a 34-page report assessing potential paths toward single-payer reform.

The report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office was a high-level look at the pros and cons of changing the current mix of public and private health care financing to a system paid for entirely by the government.

Proponents of Medicare for All say the complexity of the US system wastes billions in administrative costs and enables hospitals and drugmakers to charge much higher prices than providers get in other economically advanced countries.

"The ugly truth is this: Health care is not treated as a human right in the United States of America", Barkan told the committee. On the other hand, the bloated USA health-care system could become more efficient, assuming a redesigned system would have lower administrative costs than those of private insurers and heightened incentives for patients to get preventive care.

But on the other side of the aisle, committee Ranking Member Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) expressed skepticism for how far this proposal will go, particularly given the divide between Republicans and Democrats over coverage as exemplified by the Affordable Care Act.

The understated tone was noticed by members. Rep. That declaration was the foundation for a 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which said that people should be assured "medical service and medical attention in the event of sickness". The two committees with jurisdiction over Medicare haven't agreed to hold hearings and there is no push for a floor vote this year under discussion. "We have the resources to fix this. A Medicare for All system will save all of us tremendous time".

The bill considered in the House Rules Committee Tuesday is not expected to advance and many never even receive a hearing in the congressional committees that oversee Medicare.

Overall, the hearing featured a thorough back-and-forth on the trade-offs that would come with implementing a single-payer health care system. "If you can provide (patients) with preventive care and education, they will become healthier and not need the bag of pills, not need to go to the emergency room".

But Sanders cautions that, even with Medicare for All's overwhelming public support, a backlash from "powerful special interests that continue to reap hundreds of billions of dollars from the status quo" will make passage of universal, single-payer healthcare a hard fight.

Humana's CEO Bruce Broussard said the health insurer "does not support any bill" that would eliminate private health insurance, according to CNBC.

Another Democratic witness, Doris Browne, a cancer specialist and retired colonel in the Army Medical Corps who is the recent past president of the National Medical Association, focused on the need for equitable care for people of all incomes, races and ethnicities. "The bulk of the payments should be coming from shifting employer premiums basically to taxes, so it's not additional money out of workers' pockets".

Other countries with single-payer systems also use various forms of utilization management.

Sara Collins, vice president of healthcare coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund, made the provider rate the focal issue of her testimony, noting that finding the proper rate is one of the "critical design issues" of any public plan.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Primary Cares Initiative is described by HHS as a new set of payment models that will further empower primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the healthcare system. Lowering provider payments is one way a Medicare for All system would put downward pressure on health care costs.

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