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OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 1/19/16

Hillarycare Won't Cover Everyone, Berniecare Will

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While Hillary Clinton has made statements in the past in support of single-payer health care, she has never proposed it. Even in 1993, when she chaired Bill Clinton's special commission on "universal" health care, she didn't propose a plan that would have covered everyone. Like Obamacare, it had a mandate that said everyone has to buy into a private plan. She called it universal, but like Obamacare it would not have led to everyone getting health care.

Politicians have thrown the term "universal health care" around, but rarely have they proposed it.

Hillary's current plan is to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) against Republican efforts to repeal it. According to her website, she is "committed to building on delivery system reforms in the Affordable Care Act that improve value and quality care for Americans."

Bernie Sanders also would not repeal Obamacare without first passing a better plan. But if you listen to Hillary, you would think Bernie is ready to throw everyone off their health care. That couldn't be further from truth.

Single-payer government-run health care is the only way we get to 100% coverage of every American. Insurance companies love the mandate, since it means people have to buy insurance, but the mandate does not lead to lower premiums and deductibles. Don't get me wrong, I support Obamacare and have benefited from it, but I have an employer that is giving me $300 a month for health care. But as I sit here in my hospital bed, I still dread the portion of my hospital bill that I will have to pay. I am worried that if I can't pay, I might lose my health care.

According to Bernie's website:

"The Affordable Care Act was a critically important step towards the goal of universal health care. Thanks to the ACA, more than 17 million Americans have gained health insurance. Millions of low-income Americans have coverage through expanded eligibility for Medicaid that now exists in 31 states. Young adults can stay on their parents' health plans until they're 26. All Americans can benefit from increased protections against lifetime coverage limits and exclusion from coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Bernie was on the U.S. Senate committee that helped write the ACA.

"But as we move forward, we must build upon the success of the ACA to achieve the goal of universal health care. Twenty-nine million Americans today still do not have health insurance and millions more are underinsured and cannot afford the high copayments and deductibles charged by private health insurance companies that put profits before people."

Bernie Sanders' proposal of Medicare for All will cover everything. Single payer is what works around the world and can work here. Bernie released his health care plan just hours before Sunday's debate. The Clinton campaign is critical of his past legislation in Congress that would have put the states in charge. Bernie's new plan is administered by the federal government, not by the states.

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