The latest Medicare-for-all proposal is more generous than Sanders's
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat and co-chair of the House's Progressive Caucus, is scheduled to unveil
her Medicare-for-all plan
this morning. Reporters are describing it as
similar to what Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed
: eliminate private insurance and Medicare and Medicaid and replace them with one single-payer system funded by taxes.
Axios's Sam Baker says Jayapal goes further than Sanders and wants to see long-term coverage by the new system. She is also proposing global budgets for hospitals and nursing homes and fee-for-service payment for doctors.
Whether something so sweeping will ever come to pass is doubtful; the lobbying on/against Medicare-for-all is getting fierce.
But as many others have pointed out, Jayapal and her fellow progressives are framing the Medicare-for-all debate and forcing Democrats and their growing number of presidential candidates to decide how far they'll go down the Medicare-for-all path.
Strange how moderate, even conservative, the ACA is looking these days.