President Donald Trump used the editorial page of USA Today Wednesday to blast Democrats’ Medicare for All proposal because it will lead to rationing health care for America’s seniors.
“Dishonestly called ‘Medicare for All,’ the Democratic proposal would establish a government-run, single-payer health care system that eliminates all private and employer-based health care plans and would cost an astonishing $32.6 trillion during its first 10 years,” Trump said in the opinion piece for the newspaper.
“The Democrats’ plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised. By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care.”
“Doctors and hospitals would be put out of business. Seniors would lose access to their favorite doctors. There would be long wait lines for appointments and procedures. Previously covered care would effectively be denied.”
Trump reminded readers that during the 2016 presidential campaign, “I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums. I also made a solemn promise to our great seniors to protect Medicare. That is why I am fighting so hard against the Democrats’ plan that would eviscerate Medicare.”
The president wrote that Medicare for All will kill the “Medicare Advantage plans for about 20 million seniors as well as eliminate other private health plans that seniors currently use to supplement their Medicare coverage.
“Next, the Democrats would eliminate every American’s private and employer-based health plan. It is right there in their proposed legislation: Democrats outlaw private health plans that offer the same benefits as the government plan.”
“This radical agenda would destroy American prosperity. Under its vision, costs will spiral out of control. Taxes will skyrocket.”
Trump called the Democrats’ program “open-borders socialism” because “this radical agenda would destroy American prosperity. Under its vision, costs will spiral out of control. Taxes will skyrocket.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reintroduced the Medicare for All proposal last year, and many Democrats have lined up behind it as a counter to Republican efforts to end the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Trump pointed out that at least 123 Democrats in the House of Representatives and 15 Democratic senators have signed on as co-sponsors of Sanders’ proposal. Even before the Obamacare program was approved in 2010, most Democrats advocated what they called a “single-payer system” for health care, but the government would be the single payer, using tax dollars.