‘There are still too many Americans who cannot afford their health care costs…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Democrats are ready to get serious about a radical, progressive agenda for health care that will make Obamacare seem like Reaganomics.
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has asked the Congressional Budget Office to draw up a report on the proposed effects of Medicare-for-All legislation, a first step toward a universal health-care program.
“Members of Congress developing proposals seeking to establish a single-payer system will face many important decisions that could have major implications for federal spending, national health-care spending, and access to care,” Yarmuth said in a letter to Keith Hall, the director of the CBO.
Democratic lawmakers want to overhaul the health-care system, and Yarmuth said the Affordable Care Act, passed under the Obama administration, was an important first step in the right direction.
The ACA made it possible for millions to gain health insurance for the first time. But there are still too many Americans who cannot afford their health care costs.
Today, I requested a CBO report on various proposals to establish a single-payer health care system in the U.S. pic.twitter.com/jlcKlbgr81
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) January 8, 2019
Yarmuth said that his request for a CBO report will inform House hearings on “single payer” proposals, which are backed by self-proclaimed democratic-socialist candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y.
Yarmuth wants CBO to analyze how Medicare-for-All would be financed, how private insurance companies would fit into the system, whether patients would face additional costs, how universal costs would be contained, and how hospitals and doctors would be managed.
A study from the free-market Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimated that this kind of single-payer program would cost the government $32.6 trillion over a decade.