Healthcare industry will oppose Democrat attempt to create government healthcare monopoly
Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris wants to " move on" from the current healthcare system in favor of a plan that would roll everyone in the U.S. onto a government plan known as "Medicare for all," doing away with private health insurance.It would be a disaster for most Americans. It would lead to rationed healthcare and the costs of doing it would cripple the US government. It is one of the most ridiculous proposals in recent memory. When you consider how California and other Democrat strongholds want to provide free healthcare for illegal aliens it would only exacerbate that problem too.
As the California Democrat and others in her party make their case, however, they will face considerable opposition not only in the insurance industry, but across the healthcare sector, which would see massive upheaval from the plan. And polling suggests that the public, roughly half of which relies on private insurance, isn't quite on board.
Drug companies, insurers, doctors, and hospitals have united in recent months to fight national government healthcare. One healthcare industry group, called the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, has launched a five-figure digital ad campaign arguing that "Medicare for all" would cause massive disruption, higher taxes, lower quality care, and less choice for patients. It plans to spend six figures bashing "Medicare for all" over the course of 2019.
"Whether it’s called Medicare for all, single payer, or a public option, one-size-fits-all healthcare will mean all Americans have less choice and control over the doctors, treatments, and coverage," said Lauren Crawford Shaver, the group's executive director.
Other candidates for the Democratic nomination, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are, like Harris, co-sponsors of the Medicare for All Act, legislation led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Although it has "Medicare" in the name, the bill would go much further than current Medicare, which covers adults 65 and older and people with disabilities. It would pay for emergency surgery, prescription drugs, mental healthcare, and eye care without a copay.