Posts tagged with "Medicare for all"

Dem House Budget chairman moves forward on ‘Medicare for All’

January 9, 2019

Responding to the concerns of the American people, on January 7, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) sent a letter to the Congressional Budget Office, requesting a report on the “design and policy considerations lawmakers would face in developing single-payer health system proposals.”

Yarmuth wrote, “The House Budget Committee will soon schedule hearings to review potential ways to achieve affordable, high-quality health care coverage for everyone, including Medicare for All,” adding, “… It is key that we start these discussions with a qualitative assessment of how policy design choices could affect the federal budget, national health care spending, and access to care.”

Indeed, since mid-December, nationwide access to healthcare insurance has been under siege—and Americans have made it known that they want their coverage protected and extended.

The Affordable Care Act’s changes to the U.S. healthcare system since its passage in March 2010 have been so pervasive that nearly all Americans would be affected in some way if a federal judge’s December 14 decision ruling the entire law unconstitutional is upheld, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll.

Based on its latest polling, conducted in late December, the foundation says that fully 65% of Americans believe that the pre-existing condition protections provided by the law are “very important” to them; and 62% think that the act should be retained and strengthened because it prohibits health insurance companies from charging sick people more.

Getting input from the CBO is an important step forward for consideration of single-payer health care, (or “Medicare for All”), according to a report by The Hill. The idea has gained new momentum since Democrats took control of the House on January 3.

During the last session of Congress,Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) s requested a CBO analysis of the single-payer proposal put forward by Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vermont) during the 2016 presidential campaign , in the hope that it would hurt the effort by highlighting its high costs.

Yarmuth, on the other hand, is not requesting an analysis of a specific bill, so it will not carry a headline cost number the way a score of Sanders’s bill would, The Hill reported.

The CBO report is a precursor to hearings in the Budget Committee.

Research contact: @thehill

U.S. voters: Drug companies have too much clout inside Beltway

March 30, 2018

More than 12 months into President Donald Trump’s four-year term, half of the American public (52%) believe that passing legislation to bring down the price of prescription drugs should be a “top priority” for the White House and the U.S. Congress, based on findings of a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released on March 23. However, fewer than half (39%) say they are confident that President Trump and his administration will be able to deliver lower prices than Americans currently are paying.

Indeed, fully 72% of those polled by Kaiser say that pharmaceutical companies have too much influence in Washington—more than say the same (52%) about the National Rifle Association.

There is strong agreement among partisans on the influence of pharmaceutical companies—with majorities of both Democrats (65%) and Republicans (74%) stating that drug companies have “too much influence” inside the Beltway.

This month’s Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that six in ten (59%) U.S. adults favor a national health plan, or Medicare-for-all, under which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan – including a majority of both Democrats and Independents and about one-third of Republicans.

Support for such a proposal increases among the overall public (75%) and among partisans (87% of Democrats, 74% of Independents, and 64% of Republicans) when framed as an option for anyone who wants it, but people who currently have other forms of coverage can keep the coverage they already have.

However, the pollsters provide a word of caution: It is unclear how support would fare if these proposals became part of the larger public debate as previous KFF polling has found the public’s attitudes can be quite malleable.

Research contact: @AshleyKirzinger

Nearly half of Americans now want single-payer healthcare

December 4, 2017

More Americans than ever before (47%) now would prefer a single-payer, government-run healthcare system versus a system based on private insurance, according to the findings of a nationwide telephone poll of over 1,000 adults  released by Gallup on December 1.

This marks a significant shift in attitudes from earlier this decade, when Americans consistently preferred the private insurance option, the polling organization stated.

Traditionally, Gallup updates have found as much as a 27-percentage-point gap in favor of the private insurance system,versus one run by the government. That gap shrank to 10 percentage points in 2016— and essentially has disappeared in this year’s survey, conducted November 2 through November 8, with 48% preferring the private health insurance system and 47% preferring the government-run system.

This mixed reaction toward a U.S. government-run healthcare system, often dubbed “Medicare for all,” is similar to those seen in the past, when Democratic presidents— including Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Bill Clinton, and most recently Barack Obama— proposed ways to increase government involvement in healthcare, Gallup said.

Given this Democratic legacy in promoting increased government involvement in healthcare, it is not surprising that current attitudes are intensely partisan, the pollster added.

Indeed, two-thirds of Democrat, as well as Independents who lean Democratic, favor a government-run system; whereas. three-quarters of Republicans and Independents who lean Republican favor a system based on private insurance.

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