President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Oct. 10) railed against "Medicare for all" proposals being pushed by liberals and supported by many Democrats. Without pointing to a single shred of evidence to support his claim, Trump said the plan would "end Medicare as we know it." In an op-ed appearing in USA Today, Trump claims "Democrats would gut Medicare with their planned government takeover of American health care," by eliminating seniors' private options to supplement their Medicare coverage and banning all other types of private and employer-based health insurance plans. The column appears to be a response to a strategy by Democrats who have increasingly put Republicans on their heels over healthcare policy ahead of the pivotal Nov. 6 elections when control of both chambers of Congress hangs in the balance. Multiple universal healthcare proposals exist in Congress, many of them calling for some form of a single-payer, government-run health insurance program that would cover nearly all Americans. Trump's article, however, mainly takes aim at a Medicare-for-all proposal by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Even so, Trump's op-ed leaves Medicare-for-all proponents' promises almost entirely unaddressed, asserting instead that they would "take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives" and that "today's Medicare would be forced to die." In reality, Sanders' bill – a [...]
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