The idea of Medicare for All has been steadily increasing in popularity, so much so that pretty much all the Democratic candidates for the presidency have endorsed it, a far cry from when Bernie Sanders advocated for it in his 2016 campaign, when it was seen as some kind of unrealistic Utopian goal. As a result, the right wing attacks on it have intensified and they have made all manner of misleading statements about it.
This ad from the Sanders campaign nicely sets the record straight.
Trump is lying again about Medicare for All. Here is what it really means for Americans:
-No losing coverage
-No "out of network" doctors
-No surprise bills pic.twitter.com/UbYfCiHAOy
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 13, 2019
Republicans have been placed in somewhat of a quandary on health care. Their main message has been to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare but they have failed so far on the ‘repeal’ part and have no plan of their own for the ‘replace’ part that makes any sense. And as time goes by, certain elements of Obamacare have become so popular (such as keeping children on parents’ plans until they are 26 years old and that people with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage) that they are now vowing that any new plan of theirs will contain them.
Republican senate leader Mitch McConnell now says that all his Republican colleagues love the pre—existing coverage provision. Of course, he is lying as usual, doing so to try and convince people that he and other Republicans actually care about the health care needs of ordinary people.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “everybody” in the Senate wants to preserve consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions, an Obamacare provision that the Trump administration last week said is unconstitutional and should be struck down in court.
“Everybody I know in the Senate — everybody — is in favor of maintaining coverage for pre-existing conditions,” McConnell told reporters in the Capitol. “There is no difference in opinion about that whatsoever.”
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday said McConnell “lied” by asserting the Senate was unified in wanting to preserve pre-existing condition protections.
“Senator McConnell is wrong and the contrast between Republicans and Democrats on health care could not be more clear,” spokesman David Bergstein said. “Republicans like Senator [Dean] Heller, as well as every other GOP Senate candidate, want to slash coverage for pre-existing conditions – their latest plan would even make this coverage unconstitutional.”
“If it’s true that every Republican now supports protecting pre-existing conditions, that’s news to very sick patients across the country who fought back again and again as Republicans tried to go back to the days when a pre-existing condition meant you might not be eligible for insurance, or could be priced out completely — especially since many Republicans continue to want to pass harmful bills to do exactly that,” [Democratic Sen. Patty] Murray said in a statement.
But the shifty McConnell is not to be trusted. If the Republicans ever repeal Obamacare, either through the legislature or more likely via the courts, he is likely to suddenly find reasons for not carrying through on his promise.