So it looks like Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a Medicare-for-All bill shortly. The first thing we need to know about this bill is that we are going to have to push like hell to get both Senators Coons and Carper to co-sponsor it. So once there is a bill, we’ll need to flood their zones to make sure they hear us.
Now, I do not know what this bill will look like when it finally is released, but this is of a piece with my thoughts that Dems have to come out with their own plan to fix Obamacare and get out in front of that solution well before the GOP is ready to revisit the bill. In fact, I listened to multiple Rs on NPR this morning talk about Democrats needing to be in the process to fix Obamacare and I would agree with that. So Dems need to have their plan for fixing Obamacare — lay down a marker — and get out to get support for it.
Medicare-for-All can be an interesting start to a longer term conversation. Even if this gets to just lowering the age to buy in and the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare, that’s pretty huge. Medicare-for-All is an excellent opening bid to improve everyone’s experience with medical insurance. And this is easy to explain too.
What I DON’T want to hear from our local Senators is any pooh-poohing of this thing. Both of you have been pushing the fake drugs narrative as a reason why you won’t support the importation of drugs from Canada, so you’re credibility is in peril here. You need to help us get in front of this thing.
Medicare-for-All won’t get anywhere in this Congress, but nor will any Democratic ideas to improve Obamacare. So why not go big?