Policy 104 What is Medicare for All

Medicare For All Basics

What Is Medicare For All?

The Short Answer

A true Medicare for All system is a federally financed, privately delivered health care system. 

The Details

Under Medicare for All, doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers would operate independently.

However, instead of a network of private insurers, public plans, and out of pocket costs, healthcare would be financed by the federal government.

There are currently Medicare for All bills in both the House and Senate.

  • The House Bill: HR 676 is the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act
    • The house bill was first introduced in 2003 with 25 cosponsors. It has been re-introduced in every new legislative session since. Even though it only had 49 co-sponsors as of 2015, momentum behind Medicare for All has caused a significant increase in sign-ons, and it now has 123 cosponsors.
  • The Senate Bill: S. 1804 is the Medicare for All Act
    • The Senate’s Medicare for All bill was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders in 2017 with an additional 16 cosponsors. Notably, when he introduced a similar bill in 2016, he was the only sponsor.

The Medicare for All Caucus.

  • This year, in the House of Representatives, the historic Medicare for All Caucus was introduced. It is now up to 77 members, and is an opportunity for Representatives and their staff to learn more about the policy, how it impacts different communities, and deepen support behind Medicare for All.

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