Shaheen, Hassan split on single-payer health care

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:28:00 AM. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen threw her support behind an expansive plan for single-payer health insurance set to be introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders — the only member of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation to do so.In a statement Tuesday, Shaheen...
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen threw her support behind an expansive plan for single-payer health insurance set to be introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders — the only member of New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation to do so. In a statement Tuesday, Shaheen announced that she would support the proposed bill, known as the Medicare for All Act of 2017, which would expand insurance coverage under the present Medicare plan to all Americans to create a single government-run plan.  The bill, as outlined, would provide all Americans access to a taxpayer-funded health plan to cover a comprehensive range of services, including hospital stays, prescription drugs, medical devices, and vision and dental care. It would also bar employers from offering private plans that might compete with that system, and would phase out the present Medicaid and Medicare systems and transfer recipients into the new program. Announcing her decision, Shaheen said she gave her support out of a belief that “healthcare should be a fundamental right in this country.” But she acknowledged that a single-payer health care system — which centrist Democrats and Republicans have long balked at — has long odds of success. “I know that in a Republican-controlled Congress this legislation will not pass in the near term, but I believe this bill puts pressure on Congress to think big when it comes to providing the healthcare that all Americans need and deserve,” Shaheen said.  The system outlined in Sanders’ proposed bill does not...Read more
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