A prominent liberal think tank has unveiled a new health care plan that could provide coverage for all Americans by augmenting the current Medicare system. According to researchers at the Center for American Progress, taxpayers in the United States could conceivably fund “Medicare Extra for All,” a medical insurance option similar to what Senator Bernie Sanders proposed as a milestone of his 2016 presidential election campaign.
The proposal comes at a time when Obamacare continues to be under fire by Congressional Republicans who think the plan has become too bloated and could become financially unsustainable in the near future. Democrats, on the other hand, believe that Obamacare should be overhauled with a drastic plan such as “Medicare Extra for All.”
It should be noted that the Center for American Progress was the group that created the blueprint of the plan that eventually became Obamacare; however, the original version called for a system that required greater government control over health care options.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, another major policy research group that supports liberal and progressive measures, supports “Medicare Extra for All” even if it will require raising taxes across the board. Similar to Obamacare, the proposed plan would not do away with employment-based medical coverage, and insurance companies would still play a major role.
Liberal voters who supported Senator Sanders’ idea of a single-payer system are convinced that “Medicare Extra for All” will be a silver bullet solution; instead, they believe that the American government should be able to administer a system similar to the one operated by the Veterans Administration.
Only residents of the United States who are citizens or legal residents would be able to enroll in Medicare Extra. Families whose household income is below the federal poverty guidelines would not have to pay premiums. The plan will be be presented to Democratic lawmakers in the weeks before the midterm elections.