Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: The Democrats need to extend Medicare’s reach

The Democrats are saying they’ve sort of finally reached a deal on a huge social program, the Healthy People Act, a proposal that was one of Hillary Clinton’s (the proposal is now her manifesto) main planks last election cycle.

“It wasn’t impossible that Hillary Clinton would have vetoed it, I just don’t think that’s going to happen,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNBC on Friday.

We’ve got Clinton in New York City and also speaking to The Washington Post and saying that she’s actually working on something, right? So yes, I guess I think they’ve done the deal.

But Hillary was never really sold on it. She doesn’t want to call it the “Healthy People Act.” This is, to me, a problem because that’s not what this bill says.

It’s not going to be called the Healthy People Act because the definition of “healthy” is very generous and fairly neutral – actually, it’s much more flexible than we think it actually is, you can have a low deductible, no copays, no deductible, lots of other features of being healthy that allow people to move to being healthier and to paying those premiums with people with preexisting conditions. It’s going to be really tough to enforce. I don’t see how they can have all these different coverages and do it without people getting premiums and people losing coverage.

So I don’t think it’s really going to change peoples’ lives in a good way. I think what you’ll have are more plans. It’s a long list of things, which gets messy, right? So for Republicans, the way they look at it is that “We got to take the nice stuff out.” But who will have the easy stuff?

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