The ‘Medicare for All’ bill has a lot of supporters but could still die in the Senate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear he’s not willing to kill a program that he’s long supported.
“Medicare is a fundamental part of our health care system,” McConnell said Thursday during a Senate floor speech.
“It’s a system that we’ve built over a century, it’s a foundation for the future and it’s something we believe we should keep.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been one of the most vocal critics of the Republican plan.
Collins said she supports the idea of Medicare for All but that it’s unclear what kind of reforms she would support.
“I don’t know how I’m going to vote on that,” Collins told reporters Thursday.
Collins and Sen. Rand Paul (R, KY) are the only Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee to support the Medicare for all proposal.
Sen. Rand Ryan (R., WI) has also called for Medicare for everyone but he doesn’t appear to have a bill ready for a vote.
But the Ryan plan has also received criticism for the high cost of coverage and for requiring people to purchase private health insurance.
The Ryan plan includes a provision to provide subsidies to low-income people, which could cost up to $6,000 for a single individual.
That would give the government an incentive to give low- and middle-income Americans access to coverage.
The White House has said that if the legislation passes, it would cover about 20 million people.
Democrats have called the Ryan bill a “sham” and have called for a public option for health care coverage.
A public option would be a government-run, single-payer health insurance program.
The Democrats want to build a public-private partnership.
The House passed a version of the Ryan budget that included the Public Option, but it failed to get the necessary votes.