Before Democrats even presented their official Medicare for All bill on the House floor on February 28, healthcare lobbyists were already at work trying to stifle the movement.
Who is trying to kill the movement?
Healthcare lobbyists and insurance industries have teamed up to create small armies with the express purpose of killing the Medicare for All bill before it ever arrives on the Senate floor. Doctors, hospitals, drug companies, and insurance companies are intent on making the Medicare for All bill dead on arrival and squashing the growing public and political support of the single-payer, government-funded healthcare system.
Some of the healthcare lobbyists in this group consist of the American Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, PhRMA, and HCA. Together, these healthcare lobbyists make up a new lobbying group, the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), a group whose sole intent is to squash the Medicare for All movement before it becomes too powerful.
The group recently announced in a digital campaign that their mission is “to inform the American public about ways to protect and strengthen our nation’s existing health care system, while warning them that a one-size-fits-all health care program–whether called Medicare for All, Medicare buy-in, single-payer or public option, will lead to higher taxes and less patient choices for every American family.”
The group was quick to denounce Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All platform once he officially threw his hat into the 2020 presidential race, insisting that the American people do not want this legislation to pass.
However, recent polling from Reuters revealed the exact opposite to be true. According to the poll, about 85 percent of Democrats support Medicare for All in addition to 52 percent of Republicans. Additionally, a recent analysis from Public Citizens discovered that Medicare for All would slash out-of-pocket costs, boost the economy, improve coverage, and expand coverage to every single American.
The ugly truth of American healthcare spending
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently released an interactive tool to help American families see just how much they’re spending on healthcare every year. The tool has been eye-opening for people around the country, and some argue that it bolsters the claim that Medicare for All is necessary and urgent.
After seeing KFF’s tool, the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) took to Twitter to underscore the need for Medicare for All.
Dr. Adam Gaffney, PNHP president, recently drew light to the deep-pocket groups trying to kill Medicare for All. “The industry is not going to go down without a fight,” he said. “Obviously they’re going to pour money into Washington, they’re going to pour money into lobbying, they’re going to pour money into candidates, they’re going to take out ads, they’re going to smear it left and right, so our work is cut out for us.”
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