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Mon Dec 10, 2018, 12:36 PM

There are eight proposals in 115th Congress to expand the role of public programs in health care

Several bills have been introduced in the 115th Congress that would expand the role of public programs in health care. These proposals range in scope from broad proposals to create a new national health insurance program for all residents to more incremental approaches that offer a public plan option alongside private coverage, and current public proposals. These bills are grouped into four general categories:

Medicare-for-All, a single national health insurance program for all U.S. residents:
Sen. Sanders, S. 1804
Rep. Ellison, H.R. 676


A new public plan option, based on Medicare, that would be offered to individuals and some or all employers through the ACA marketplace:
The Choice Act by Rep. Schakowsky, H.R. 635, and Sen. Whitehouse, S. 194
The Medicare-X Choice Act by Sen. Bennett, S. 1970, and Rep. Higgins, H.R. 4094
The Choose Medicare Act by Sen. Merkley, S. 2708 and Rep. Richmond, H.R. 6117


A Medicare buy-in option for older individuals not yet eligible for the current Medicare program:
The Medicare at 55 Act by Sen. Stabenow, S. 1742
Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act by Rep. Higgins, H.R. 3748


A Medicaid buy-in option that states can elect to offer to individuals through the ACA marketplace:
State Public Option Act by Sen Schatz, S. 2001 and Rep. LujŠn, H.R. 4129.


Here is a partial side-by side comparison of the proposals:



You can download a full side-by-side comparison of these proposals here:

http://files.kff.org/attachment/Table-Side-by-Side-Comparison-Medicare-for-all-Public-Plan-Proposals

You can compare the selected individual proposals using this tool:
https://www.kff.org/interactive/compare-medicare-for-all-public-plan-proposals/



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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2018, 04:20 PM

1. It's important to remember that there are various options on the table with various timelines.(nt)

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2018, 01:07 AM

2. Thanks.

I am bookmarking this.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 09:36 AM

3. kick. Bookmarked.

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Response to ehrnst (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 09:40 AM

4. All of these will die on Dec. 31.

Bills don't carry over from one Congress to another.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 10:02 AM

5. Not true, they will get re-introduced...

And in the House, they will get debated and put to a vote.

The Senate won't pass them, and Trump would probably veto, but if we're smart we'll hold them up as examples next cycle, when the Repubs are defending 20+ seats in the Senate.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 10:15 AM

6. ...and then they will be new Bills

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 14, 2018, 10:51 AM

7. HR 676 has been there since Dennis Kucinich was pretending to be a Democrat...

Universal healthcare.

Sanders' Senate bill has been there for a couple of years.

I think you're trying to argue semantics. The new Dem House will probably debate all of the proposals next session.

Not sure what your point is.

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