Pete Buttigieg is so much more than a 2020 presidential candidate. He’s been rising in the polls as he shows that he’s not the liberal leftist that many people thought he was. He’s showing that he’s not of the same train of thought as Warren and Sanders. Now, he’s giving everyone a real explanation of what he’s capable of by taking a more aggressive stance on healthcare.
He doesn’t like the “Medicare for All” plan that Warren and Sanders have been touting. Neither do many Dems, let alone all Republicans. Even the women on The View have said that they like the idea of keeping private insurance so that they have a choice. When such left-leaning Dems as Whoopi and Joyce are quick to complain, there’s clearly a problem.
Friendly Pete has a plan that he’s finally ready to unveil: Medicare for All Who Want It.
This long-awaited plan leads to universal health coverage while cutting some of the costs.
The South Bend, Indiana mayor wants to give everyone what they want by combining the positives from everyone else’s plans. He wants to build on Obamacare like Biden while creating a public option to compete with some of the private insurance companies.
There are a few gaps missing within Buttigieg’s plan, however. It took him months to launch his plan long after other candidates shared their plans. It’s unclear as to whether his plan will provide coverage to everyone like he promises it will or whether his plan is simply designed to satisfy progressives who are looking for a substantial overhaul.
In a statement, Buttigieg shared that Washington politicians have made it easy for insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry to profit off of Americans when they are sick and vulnerable. His “Medicare for All Who Want It” plan is designed to put the power “in the hands of each American.”
There are several things that his plan would do.
First, it will preserve the existing private insurance industry, allowing people to have options. Second, it will establish a government-run insurance alternative. Much of his plan sounds a lot like what Joe Biden’s plan includes, particularly as it pertains to subsidies so that people can purchase coverage within the marketplaces of the Affordable Care Act. It would limit what people pay for premiums. In a separate area, it would also cap some of the out-of-pocket costs for seniors who are on Medicare.
As with most Democrats’ health care plans, it would roll back at many of the efforts made by the Trump administration. He wants to reverse the expansion of association health plans and short term plans. The Trump administration created these as a way to provide a lower-cost alternative to Obama care. However, Democrats feel that it provides insufficient coverage – so Buttigieg wants to see it overhauled.
Buttigieg also wants to battle against some of the politically powerful healthcare providers in order to take a close look at tax exemptions of nonprofit hospitals and prevent some of the different healthcare mergers. He wants to limit what healthcare providers can charge insurers, too. He doesn’t want his plan to focus solely on coverage. He wants to look at affordability.
While all of this sounds great, he is planning on targeting three groups of Americans with his public option. This includes the low-income people who meet eligibility standards, middle-income Americans who can’t afford to purchase coverage within the individual market, and those who opted out of employer-sponsored health insurance policies that were too expensive. However, everything is based on being eligible for subsidies.
According to a campaign advisor, undocumented immigrants would be allowed to buy health coverage as well.
There are some serious weaknesses to the proposal, including allowing undocumented immigrants to buy-in. Further, many Americans will still find the coverage to be too expensive, even with his proposal to Insurance premiums to 8.5% of someone’s income.
Progressives certainly aren’t going to like the plan, either, because it doesn’t provide the sweeping reform that many are looking toward. Buttigieg wants to keep private insurance because he knows it’s a way to keep both sides satisfied. Progressives, however, are more likely to vote Sanders because he wants to eliminate private insurance.
When asked about total costs, campaign officials are declining to answer. However, analysts have identified that the cost would be somewhere in the ballpark of $1.2 trillion in new spending over the course of a decade. This seems to be the Democrats’ answer for everything – proposals that are now in the arena of trillions as opposed to billions – money that the federal government simply doesn’t have.