Congress Holds First ‘Medicare for All’ Hearing

What We Learned at the House Hearings on Medicare for All

House Democrats kick off wonky 'Medicare for All' debate

"This is first step but certainly not the last step", she said in an interview.

"Healthcare is a human right and I'm proud the Rules Committee will be holding this hearing on the Medicare for All Act as this Majority discusses ways to strengthen our health care system for everyone", Jayapal said in a statement. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala D. Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.

As described during the hearing, Medicare for All would implement a government takeover of health care coverage, where all medically necessary services would be paid for by the federal government and all private insurance that duplicates government coverage would be prohibited.

The hearing will start 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday and will weigh arguments for and against the sweeping healthcare legislation package introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., which proposes a single government insurance plan for all Americans.

In the House, Jayapal's bill has backing from 109 out of 235 House Democrats. The report is worth a read as it highlights a bevy of moving parts and an analysis of costs and returns. Ben McAdams, a freshman Democrat who represents a swing district in solidly Republican Utah. "To transform our health care system to deliver better, more efficient care, we must change to a true value-based system - not only in payment, but in scalable clinical and operational methods as well". "I don't think we can squeeze anyone else in here". "This is not being slow-walked, we are trying to ignite the discussion on this". CMS projects the new voluntary programs will shift at least a quarter of people in traditional Medicare out of fee-for-service. Rosa DeLauro and Jan Schakowsky, would create a new version of Medicare that would be open to people of all ages.

Jayapal first introduced the legislation in February, saying it would eliminate co-payments, premiums and deductibles for patients while also providing universal comprehensive coverage with controlled costs. Unlike Medicare now, it would cover long-term nursing home care.

As for higher taxes, economist Matt Bruenig argues in the New York Times that, even with the additional tax burden, most income groups will pay less from their wages than they now do in private insurance premiums.

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The Trump administration has joined that lawsuit on the side of those who seek to scrap the ACA and President Donald Trump, appearing at a National Rifle Association conference in Indianapolis last week, repeated his intention to eliminate the health care law.

"We want to make sure that we know all the questions to answer before we go into the hearing, so that's what that report's supposed to be doing", Budget Chairman John Yarmuth of Kentucky said. "Our work over the next two years is to build the legislative record, to do the grassroots organizing and to do a big push after 2020".

On the other hand, Don Berwick, a former acting director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who ran unsuccessfully for MA governor on a single-payer platorm, said the U.S.

"Having a hearing is progress but that's not the end goal. A Medicare for All system will save all of us tremendous time".

Support is concentrated mostly among Democrats. That panel's primary role is to set the terms for House floor debates, and its hearing room can seat about 50 people in the audience, compared with hundreds in the larger rooms of the Capitol complex's office buildings. Burgess is also a member of one of those committees: Energy and Commerce.

The GOP has been eager to use Medicare for All as a political weapon.

The group has grassroots organizing, canvassing and phone-banking events planned around the country in the coming months and, according to the union, its leaders plan to attend the hearings Tuesday to share stories about "patients suffering because of difficulties of the current health care system".

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It is evident that many millions of Americans are frustrated with the current health care system. The language casts a redesign, meant to guarantee all Americans access to care by enlarging the government's role, as a moral imperative.

Industry advocates are also escalating their attacks.

Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner, who was one of the GOP's witnesses, echoed several Republican members that most Americans would lose their current insurance and touted the employer-based system as a "central pillar" of US healthcare.

Meanwhile, witnesses invited to testify by Democrats told compelling stories about the shortfalls of the current system, in which 173 million Americans are dependent on employer-based coverage and the cost of medicine is out of reach for numerous uninsured.

Pelosi did make a cameo at the Rules hearing, escorting activist Ady Barkan, who has the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, and was the star witness for the proponents of Medicare-for-all.

The report did note that the system would require "substantially" more spending on behalf of the government.

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