Brown also would give Americans older than age 50 to buy into Medicare, the federal health program which provides health coverage for America’s seniors.
“I want to help people now,” Brown said. “We will see the success of that and that will end up continuing to broaden and expand coverage for so many Americans.”
Brown is attempting a difficult balancing act in appealing to progressive Democrats who dominate the early presidential contests next year in Iowa and New Hampshire. He calls himself a progressive while eschewing what many Democrats on the left want – a single-payer health-care system such as Medicare for everyone.
During a town hall meeting on CNN last month, Harris called for eliminating private insurance. Although other Democrats have not gone that far, a single-payer plan would either scrap or drastically curb private insurance.
In 2017, roughly 156 million Americans were insured by their employers, 74 million are on Medicaid, and 56 million are covered by Medicare.
Medicare for all would eliminate many private plans. Although the government would cover all health costs, it would be financed by new taxes on virtually all Americans, who no longer would pay premiums or co-pays.
A study last year by George Mason University predicted it would cost $32.6 trillion over the next decade.
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