Bernie Sanders's Medicare for All gets more extreme...
Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner has the story:
The 2020 Democratic presidential nomination fight has barely gotten started, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has already managed to accomplish an incredible feat: He has come up with a new healthcare plan even more absurd than his old one.
Sanders' new version of the plan, which he brands as “Medicare for all” because it polls better than socialized healthcare, maintains the central structure of the version of the plan that has been estimated to cost a whopping $32 trillion, but then makes promised benefits even more generous. Yet it has been endorsed by several rivals for the Democratic nomination: Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Under the proposal, Sanders would transition the entire population to a new healthcare plan within four years. This is one reason why the term “Medicare for all” is a bit of a misnomer. The legislation doesn’t simply make the current Medicare program available to everybody, but it moves all Medicare beneficiaries out of the current program into the new government-run plan.
Oh, and it would eliminate private insurance. But you knew that already...