“Medicare For All” – TYT Discussion – 1/18/16 (Bernie Sanders)

This is basically an edited excerpt from: 1/18/16 – https://youtu.be/M_ooEto8yBg

Two hours before the Democratic debate on Sunday, Bernie Sanders released his health care plan. He wants universal coverage for every American. We have the details. Ana Kasparian, John Ladarola, and Jimmy Dore, hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down.

It’s a plan to create a single-payer health care system, which means the government would provide everybody with insurance directly. Sanders is calling it “Medicare for All,” because Medicare, which provides government-financed insurance to the elderly, is the closest thing to a single-payer system in the U.S. But that term actually understates the ambition of what he is proposing.

Sanders wouldn’t just replace existing private insurance plans. He would also replace existing public plans — including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan and the private plans available through the Affordable Care Act. He’d even upgrade the coverage that Medicare provides. To pay for this plan, Sanders would replace existing insurance premiums with taxes and put a huge squeeze on the drug industry — the kind that would be extremely difficult to push through the political system.”*

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