Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health care proposal would implement sweeping changes to the current system by establishing a Universal Medicare Program (UMP).
Once in effect, the bill would drop most benefits under the traditional Medicare program, Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Sanders’ proposal would also cut the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the TRICARE program, and the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
The secretary of Health and Human Services would be granted significnant authority to develop major program components. According to a Health Affairs report, the secretary is “directed to develop policies, procedures, guidelines, and requirements related to eligibility, enrollment, benefits, provider participation standards and qualifications, levels of funding, provider payment rates, medical necessity standards, planning for capital expenditures and health professional education, and regional planning mechanisms.”