January 31, 2019

Cassidy on Democrats’ Plan to Make Private Health Insurance Illegal: “Medicare for All” Would Result in “Medicare for None”

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), a member of the Senate health committee, released the following statement regarding Washington Democrats’ growing support for making private health insurance plans illegal.

“Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris—these Washington Democrats want a complete and total government takeover of Americans’ health care. By making private health insurance plans illegal, they would take away health coverage from millions of Americans and force them to get permission from the government before seeing a doctor, getting a test, or having surgery. Their plan would also require doubling or tripling taxes on working families,” said Dr. Cassidy. “So-called ‘Medicare for all’ may sound nice, but adding the entire country to a program already projected to run out of money in just seven years is a recipe for rationed care and Medicare for none. Why would anyone see what socialism has done to the people of Venezuela and think, ‘I want America to be more like that’?”

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about her support for “Medicare for all” legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Tapper noted it would “totally eliminate private insurance” and asked, “So for people out there who like their insurance, they don’t get to keep it?” Harris replied: “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

In October, Dr. Cassidy authored an op-ed for CNN explaining how “Medicare for all” is actually “Medicare for none.”