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Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Buy-In Proposals: Overview and Key Issues

This issue brief compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The brief describes the range of proposals on the table and raises key questions related to how these proposals could affect coverage, out-of-pocket costs, existing coverage, payments to providers, as well as overall costs and financing, and potential tradeoffs.

Compare Medicare-for-All and Public Plan Proposals

This side-by-side interactive compares eight Medicare-for-All and public plan option bills that have been introduced in the 115th Congress. The interactive allows users to compare these proposals across a number of dimensions, including eligibility, benefits, cost sharing, provider payments, and more.

Implications of “Medicare for All” and “Public Plan” Strategies: New Brief and Interactive Tool Summarize Legislative Proposals and Key Issues

The idea of expanding the role of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid has received renewed attention on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail this year as policymakers consider ways to expand health insurance coverage and moderate health care costs. Lawmakers have introduced eight such proposals in the…

Medicare for All is a Double-Edged Sword for Democrats

In an Axios column, Drew Altman analyzes the political pros and cons of Medicare for All and Medicare buy-in plans for Democrats, and how they may handle it in Congress and the presidential campaign.

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – March 2018: Views on Prescription Drug Pricing and Medicare-for-all Proposals

More than a year into President Trump’s presidency, the March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll gauges the public’s top priorities for the president and Congress to do in the coming months. This month’s poll also measures perceptions on the cost of prescription drugs, attitudes towards policymakers’ actions to address drug prices, and views of pharmaceutical companies. In addition, with the 2018 midterm elections less than 8 months away, the KFF poll asks how important a national health plan is to voters.

Data Note: Public’s Views of a National Health Plan

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Tracking Poll from October 2017 asked the public of their views of a national health plan, and whether they favor or oppose the implementation of such a program. While about half of the public favors having a national health plan, there is a strong partisan divide with the majority of Republicans strongly opposing such a plan and nearly half of Democrats strongly favoring the plan. This poll also asked the public about their perceptions of the impact of a national health plan, and what they believe would be the best and worse thing about the plan.

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