Republicans slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposal, saying it was too government-centered, but the New York Times reports the bill has some provisions which would lead to more limited steps to expand the government’s role and health coverage.
The provisions, according to the Times, can be found in Title X, which lays out a four-year transition from current health policy to Sanders’ proposed system. Those provisions would allow younger Americans to buy their way into the current Medicare program and create an option that enables Americans to purchase a government plan.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said the public option would facilitate a Medicare-for-all program.
“One part of the bill that I worked with my colleagues to put in was the ability for every American to buy into a nonprofit public option as part of a four-year transition to get to single-payer in this country,” Gillibrand said during a news conference. “This would create affordable, public health care that is available to any American to purchase in the already available exchanges.”